Story: Cars and the motor industry

Cars registered

Cars registered

Following their introduction around 1900 the number of cars in New Zealand increased gradually until the 1950s. From then growth was faster as incomes rose and more people could afford them. This graph starts in 1925, the year cars were first required to be centrally registered.

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Eric Pawson, 'Cars and the motor industry - A motorised society', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 20 July 2024)

Story by Eric Pawson, published 11 Mar 2010, updated 1 Dec 2014