New Commercial Vehicle Registrations for May 2013

The Truck Industry Council monthly report on the number of new commercial vehicle registrations for the month of May indicated that the sales of new prime movers and cab/chassis trucks in Australia remains at a steady increase of 5.9 per cent over last year’s results.

The prime mover and cab-chassis sector result of 2,459 new registrations during May was 414 more than the previous month and took the year to date total to 10,452.

The top three positions are, as usual, held by Japanese brands and although Isuzu retained its number one position by a considerable margin, the brand’s own sales were 5.1 per cent less than for the same five months in 2012.

Hino’s sales were consistent with the industry average of 5.9 per cent growth while Fuso was up 30.7 per cent with its YTD total of 1,432 containing 336 additional sales compared with the same period in 2012.

The Heavy Duty sector sales came back after a slower April (944 units) with 1,106 new rigs registered during May which lifted the category to 4,300 sales YTD which was 10 per cent up on the 2012 comparison.

Kenworth sold 257 new trucks for the month and at the end of May had achieved 16.5 per cent sales growth when compared to the 2012 figures.

In fact, most of the manufacturers in the Heavy Duty sector continued to achieve better than industry average results. Freightliner’s sales were up 75 per cent, Western Star 14 per cent and Scania almost 23 per cent.

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