Australian truck sales statistics for November

New commercial vehicle registration figures released by the Truck Industry Council (TIC) reveal that November sales were slightly improved over the previous month, with 2,729 new cab/chassis and prime movers being added to the national fleet – an increase of 301 units over October.

Total registrations for this year to date have been 24,706 new vehicles – an increase of 11.2 per cent or 2,498 units over the first eleven months of 2011.

The Japanese manufacturers are having mixed fortunes in 2012 with Isuzu’s unit sales up 11.2 percent YTD in line with the industry average and Hino up 24 per cent or 742 new trucks over the same period as 2011. 

Fuso’s year to date figures have improved but are still 9.6 per cent down on 2011 while UD is 13.3 per cent behind where they were the same time last year. Industry insiders acknowledge that both of these manufacturers were adversely affected by the natural disasters in Japan but that stock and model availability has improved significantly in recent months.

Over at the big end of town 241 new Kenworths were registered, keeping the PACCAR brand at 35.6  per cent over its efforts for the same period last year and still in number one position among the heavy duty trucks.

Kenworth’s stablemate DAF is achieving very solid numbers this year having sold 285 new trucks in the past eleven months, an increase of 92.6 per cent indicating that sales have almost doubled over the past twelve months.

IVECO has also maintained growth well above the industry average, with the 278 trucks registered during November taking their total YTD to 1,627 which is 17.1 per cent above the corresponding eleven months during 2011.

Mack and Volvo’s numbers are up 18.2 and 12.1 per cent respectively, and Scania broke the 500 unit sale barrier at 509 new trucks over the past eleven months – a more than respectable 28.5 per cent jump on last year.

The latest interest rate cut and the strong Australia dollar should provide the platform for a strong December result with new trucks now even more affordable.

For the purpose of this analysis, Prime Mover magazine refers to the statistics for new registrations of prime movers and cab/chassis trucks as provided by the Truck Industry Council and excludes statistics for registrations for new commercial vans. The primary explanation for this is to provide our readers with a snapshot of the truck sales industry and as several major manufacturers of vans do not make their registration statistics public, we have taken that category out of consideration. References to proportion of market share are calculated on the basis of the size of the prime mover and cab/chassis market only.

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