VW Golf V tops the list of the most serviced car 2018 in New Zealand

24 / 12 / 2018


Autodata, a leading global automotive technical information provider has released its Most Serviced Vehicle Report 2018. In Australia, the most serviced car was  the Holden Commodore (VE) (06-10) for the second year running, with the Nissan Patrol (Y61) (97-16) moving into second and the Toyota Landcruiser (100 series) (98-07) third. The most serviced Light Commercial Vehicle (LCV) was the Toyota Hilux (05-15), while the most serviced motorcycle was the Yamaha YZF YZF-R1.

Compared with European take up, Electric Vehicle (EV) adoption in Australia appears low according to the report. Charging infrastructure is a global problem, but low adoption could be attributed in part to the huge distances sometimes travelled and means current EV range limitations are an extremely important consideration for any owner not based in or around a major town.

In New Zealand, the most serviced car was once again the VW Golf V (1K1) (03-08). The BMW Series 3 (E90/91/92/93) (05-14) moved up to second from fourth place and the Holden Commodore (VE) (06-10) was third. The most serviced Light Commercial Vehicle (LCV) was the Toyota Hiace. The most serviced motorcycle was the Suzuki RM-Z 450.

As well as highlighting the most serviced vehicles, the report also indicates some key trends in the automotive aftermarket sector. A notable observation is the increased prominence of Volkswagen, whose models featured highly in more countries when compared with last year. The report also indicates that while more VWs are being serviced in more countries, the alternative fuel and motorcycle markets are dominated by Japanese marques.

Internationally, the Most Serviced Car Report 2018 was topped by the Holden’s sister brand under the Opel/Vauxhall name with the Astra-H. The Ford Focus (04-08) moves down to second, and the BMW 3 Series (E90/91/92/93) (05-14) was third. The most serviced Light Commercial Vehicle (LCV) was the VW Transporter T5 (04-15) which retains first place, while the most serviced motorcycle was the Yamaha YZF YZF-R1.

Over 89,000 workshops subscribe to Autodata’s applications which provides significant weight to the report. Globally, the top three most accessed Autodata product modules included ‘Technical Specifications, Engine Oil Checks and Repair Times. In total technicians checked over 70 million pieces of technical information through Autodata.

Top ten cars – Australia

1. Holden Commodore (VE) (06-10)
2. Nissan Patrol (Y61) (97-16)
3. Toyota Landcruiser (100 Series) (98-07)
4. Holden Astra (AH) (04-09)
5. Holden Commodore (VZ) (04-07)
6. Toyota Landcruiser/Prado (120/125 Series) (02-10)
7. Holden Captiva (CG) (06-11)
8. Volkswagen Golf VI (5K1) (08-13)
9. Toyota Landcruiser/Prado (150/155 Series) (09-)
10. Holden Astra (TS) (98-04)

Top ten cars – New Zealand

1. Volkswagen Golf V (1K1) (03-08)
2. BMW 3 Series (E90/91/92/93) (05-14)
3. Holden Commodore (VE) (06-10)
4. BMW 3 Series (E46) (98-07)
5. Mazda 3 (BK) (03-09)
6. Audi A4 (8Ex) (01-08)
7. Mazda 6 (GG/GY) (02-07)
8. Volkswagen Golf IV (1J1) (98-04)
9. Audi A3/A3 Sportback (8PA/8P1) (03-13)
10. Holden Commodore (VZ) (04-07)

About the data in this report

The regions highlighted in this report are the 20 countries (21 for motorcycles) with the highest number of Autodata subscribers. To determine the most serviced vehicles, we analysed the usage of Autodata’s technical information applications from October 2017 – September 2018. If you intend to share or use any information within this report, please reference (Autodata, 2018) and ensure that the content is used in the context of this report. If you intend to use any content from this report online, please reference Autodata and hyperlink to staging.mw.autodata-group.com For more information about this report, contact the authors at media@autodata-group.com

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