The was plenty to celebrate for truck makers as the calendar rolled over with commercial vehicle sales beating the decade record for the second year running.
Truck Industry Council T-Mark figured saw 32,964 units sold in 2016, with the industry closing in on pre-GFC totals of 36,620.
Izuzu was the top dog again with a total of 8,307 and a market share of 25.2 per cent and an increase of 865 units year on year.
Second-placed Hino’s figures were consistent with 2016’s 4,405 sales dipping by 38 and giving the brand a 13.4 per cent stake, while Fuso was up by 207 units to 3,660 and 11.1 per cent of the market.
The light-duty sector led the year’s growth, accounting for 10,669 sales – the best result since 2008 with 10,618.
Segment leader Isuzu came in at 4,006 units – up a whopping 510 year on year – with Fuso recording 2,216 and a growth of 228.
It was not good news for Hino though, down on 2015’s figure by 65 to end the year with 2,112 light-duty sales.
The medium-duty sector eclipsed the 7,000 sale with 7,027, lead by Isuzu’s 3,023 strong result.
Hino topped 2,000 for the second year running with a total of 2,068 and an increase of 42 on the previous year.
In the heavy end of the market, Volvo bettered its results again with an increase of 119 to take it to 1589 of the 9,882 sales, with the sector down by 12 units on 2015.
Isuzu saw gains of 75 to end the year on 1,278 while Scania’s extra 40 sales took the Swedish brand to 745.
Bucking the trend was Iveco, dropping to its worst year in T-Mark records with just 588 sales, and Kenworth which ended the year on 1,979 sales – its first year under 2000 in half a decade.