Story: Cars and the motor industry

Cars registered

Cars registered

Since they were introduced around 1900 the numbers of cars in New Zealand increased gradually until the 1950s. From then growth was faster as incomes rose and more people could afford cars. This graph only starts in 1925 as this is when 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 23 September 2019)

Story by Eric Pawson, published 11 Mar 2010, updated 15 Dec 2014