Truck sales five per cent up from 2012

The Truck Industry Council's monthly sales report shows the number of new commercial vehicle registrations for June was a total of 3,145 units. This brings the total for the first six months of the year to 15,074 new trucks and vans which is 732 or 5.1 per cent more than for the same period during 2012.

The prime mover and cab chassis sector result of 2,728 new registrations during June takes the year to date total to 13,180 which is 5.2 per cent more than for the same period last year.

The heavy-duty sector sales accounted for 1,112 of June’s total, indicating the premier category is slightly in front of where it was at this point in 2012 (an extra 328 units) and a couple of percentage points in front of the industry average growth of 5.2 per cent.

Some of the brands in the heavy-duty sector had a particularly good June sales result with Iveco, Scania, Fuso and DAF outperforming their annual average by a considerable margin.

Isuzu continues to be the largest selling brand with a 24.4 per cent truck market share meaning one in four new trucks sold during the first six months of 2013 was an Isuzu.

Hino held its number two position with 450 new trucks for the month taking the total, year to date, to 2,152 new trucks. Fuso continues to rack up results with its 400 new trucks sold during June taking the 2013 total to 1,432 which is a commendable 36.3 per cent more than the brand achieved during the first half of 2012.

The halfway point of the year gives every indication that the new truck market in 2013 will continue to achieve a steady 5 to 6 per cent growth, although recent improved access to stock by a number of manufacturers such as Cat may lift the full year result beyond the current trend.

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