July trucks sales figures have taken a natural dip in the wake of the end of the financial year but the industry is still tracking toward a record 40000 tally for the full year.
A total of 3314 trucks and vans were sold in July taking the year to date tally to 23314 units for the first seven months of the year. While July was a bit softer than June’s results the market is well ahead of where it was this time in 2017 up almost 3000 units on that seven month tally of 19742 as the industry continues to enjoy strong demand.
Most manufacturers report strong order banks with one major impediment they are citing being a lack of capacity at truck body builders.
Isuzu continued its overall volume dominance as it marches towards 30 years as number one in the Australian truck market seeling 838 trucks for the month or 25.1 per cent of the overall market taking its total year to date to 5557. Isuzu is looking at possibly being the first truck maker to sell 10,000 trucks in a year in Australia, which would be a fitting reward for its 30-year reign at the top of the sales charts
Its closest rival Hino had a strong month taking 13.9 per cent of the market with 465 trucks sold and its year to date tally of 3125 while Fuso took 12.6 per cent market share for the month with an impressive 421 sales and a YTD tally of 2449.
Kenworth continued at the top of heavy duty and was fourth in overall volume with 6.5 per cent share and 216 trucks for the month while Swedish rival Volvo was strong on 174 units with 5.4 per cent market share.
On the back of a reasonable light duty result through its Daily cab chassis along with some modest medium and heavy sales Iveco slipped into sixth spot overall with 142 sales while Benz was seventh, posting another strong result for its updated Actros range with a total of 130 sales for the month.
MAN continues to star thanks to its Australian Army contract deliveries with 78 trucks for the month while UD and Mack were close behind on 76 sand 67 trucks respectively.
Scania slipped slightly to 63 units for the month while Freightliner sold just 24 trucks with Daimler trucks management counting the days and months ‘til they can bring the Cascadia to market as its frontline flagship in 2020.
Disappointing results again for both International with just two trucks for the month and Hyundai which sold 10 units in July, better than the five it sold in June but still well behind its targe to sell 300 trucks this year with its year to date tally at just 39 until the end of July.
In the battle of the groups Daimler won the month with the combo of Benz, Fuso and Freightliner selling 575 units, well ahead of Volvo Group with 317 UDs, Macks and Volvos