Commercial vehicle sales for July

Registrations for new cab/chassis and prime movers during the month of July were almost identical to the same month of 2011, according to official T-Mark figures compiled by peak industry body the Truck Industry Council of Australia.

Before some industry executives start wringing their hands and eyeing to jump out of the window, July followed a particularly robust June which was no doubt due to fleets large and small wanting to take advantage of tax benefits for investing in new equipment before June 30.

Another 2,175 new units were registered in July, bringing the year to date total to 14,701, which is up 1,074 or 7.9 per cent when compared with the same period last year.

The booming Heavy Duty sector continues to be dominated by Kenworth, with 161 new KW’s delivered in July and providing the manufacturer with a 20 per cent market share for the category. Kenworth’s year to date figures of 1,207 units are around 36 per cent higher than for the same period last year.

Overall, Isuzu retains its unassailable lead with a total of 4,092 new registrations so far in 2012, with 615 of those being added in July.  Isuzu’s overall market share remains at 24 per cent,  while they enjoy a 39 per cent share of the Light Duty market and a whopping 43.6 per cent share of the Medium Duty market.

Hino remains strong in second overall position with 14.1 per cent of the overall market.  Hino’s year to date sales are up 14 per cent on the same period in 2011.

The supply problems caused by the Japanese natural disasters in 2011 no longer seem to be an issue for most of the Japanese manufacturers.

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