TIC releases October truck registrations

Sales of new prime movers and cab chassis in the Australian market continue to flatten, according to the October registration figures compiled by the Truck Industry Council (TIC).

The category’s total of 2,198 for the month is 230 units less than October 2012, and the cumulative year to date total of 22,097 is only 50 more than for the same period last year – representing almost flat growth of just 0.2 per cent.

Recorded sales of commercial vans, however, continue to achieve “very solid” growth with 412 for the month of October, taking the cumulative year to date total to 3,410, which is 409 more units than for the first ten months in 2012, equating to a growth of 13.6 per cent. 

The high profile heavy-duty sector continues to achieve good numbers for those brands devoted almost exclusively to the heavier end of the market. Category leader Kenworth has sold 7.1 per cent more trucks in the first ten months of 2013 than it did for during the same period last year, with Freightliner up 21.3 per cent, Scania 15.2 per cent better and Volvo with an increase of 4.2 per cent, showing the demand for 'big' trucks continues to defy the overall industry trend.

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