Truck sales figures  from the Truck Industry Council for the month of September reveal that while there is some softening in parts of the industry, volumes  year on year and for September are up on 2022 figures.

Truck sales for the month  totalled 3954, a narrow 26 ahead of September 2022 ensuring the year to date  sales volume  for this year is 3217 trucks on  the first nine months of 2022.

Given September last year was an all time record for the ninth month ,the result  this September has set a new benchmark, albeit by a small margin. With three months to run, only a major disaster will prevent  this year setting a new  record for truck sales. With monthly sales  regularly topping 3500 sales per month, the industry woul dnbeed to sink below 3000 sales per month  to miss out on a new record.

Isuzu  had another pleasing month to lead the market, even though  its numbers were slightly down on its result in 2022. The market leader sold 1060  trucks in September, down about 228  on the same month last year, while its market share fell to 26.8 per cent, from 32.8 per cent this time in 2022. While the September numbers are off a little for Isuzu, it is still 702 units ahead of its YTD figures from 2022.

Hino was second  overall  with 447 sales  in September, capturing 11.3 per cent  market share , while Japanese rival Fuso was  third  with 388 sales and 9.8 per cent share, down 80 trucks on its September ’22 tally.

The fight for the heavy duty sector honours  and for fourth place in the overall sales charts continues in a close fought tussle between Volvo and Kenworth. The two locally assembled brands have been trading numbers all year with Kenworth leading the honours in September, following Volvo’s wins in the last few months. Kenworth topped the heavy sales tally in September with 304 trucks and 21.8 per cent market share, all in the heavy duty sector, while Volvo only managed 274 trucks, of which 262 were heavy duty models giving it and  18.8 per cent share of the class.  While Volvo was ahead in the Heavy tally by 16 trucks at the end of August, Kenworth’s strong result last month has put it 26 trucks  in front of its Swedish rival in September.

Mercedes Benz was sixth overall  in September, selling 156 trucks, with Scania seventh on 131, Iveco on 129, with Mack next on 83  and UD rounding out the top ten with 80 units for the month.

With most of the attention focussed on Kenworth and Volvo’s battle for ascendency, it could be easy to overlook Isuzu at third for the Heavy Duty sector with 186 sales for its  fleet of  largely vocational offerings, which have benefited greatly since the demise of the locally built Iveco Acco. Scania had another bumper month with all its 131 sales coming in the heavy sector to be fourth, while Mercedes  was fifth  with `06 heavy sales.

Mack had another strong month with 83 heavy duty sales , ahead of UD on 73, Fuso on 65 , DAF with 53 and Hino on 39 rounding out the top ten. Behind that came Iveco with 27 new S-Ways, Freightliner with 26 Cascadias, MAN on 21  and Penske stablemate  Western Star on 18, while Dennis Eagle  and Hyundai both cracked with singles.

In the medium sector  Isuzu knocked it out of the park once more recording 301 sales for  the month to lead with a massive 46.6 per cent share of the class.  Hino  also had a strong showing after months of supply and other issues, registering 202 sales for 31.3 per cent share, while Fuso  was well behind with 86 sales and 13.3 per cent share.

Years after it first arrived in the market Hyundai  looks like it is starting to gather a sliver of traction in medium duty  finishing in fourth with 17 sales for September and 2.6 per cent share. From little things big things could grow, but if there is a brand that could eventually take it to  the dominant Japanese brands then the well know Korean brand could.

Behind Hyundai Volvo  finished with 12 medium trucks , ahead of stablemate UD  and Iveco both with seven, Mercedes and Sea Electric each with five, DAF with three and Man with a single medium in September.

In the light duty class  Isuzu,  was first and daylight was again second. The market leader moved 573 light trucks for 44 per cnet share of the class, while Fuso  beat out Hino for second with sales of 237 Canters and 18.2 per cent share,   compared with Hino’s 206 300 Series  which gave it 15.8 per cent share of the category.

The Euro brands filled the next four spots  in light duty with Iveco  registering 95 Daily cab chassis models, Fiat 70 of its Ducato high trucks, Mercedes with 45 Sprinters and Renault with  38 Masters.

The surprise rising star  in the light sector was Chinese brand Foton Mobility with 21 sales, all of them  electric. Foton has gone from  nothing  just six months ago  to  have 1.6 per cent of the sector with rumours the brand has captured some significant fleet business  with asn expanding number of deliveries in coming months catering to fleets looking to with to zero emission. Foton beat out Hyundai which had a reasonable month with 14 trucks, while VW and Ford carved up the remainder with three and one sales respectively.

In vans Renault beat  long time segment leader Mercedes , having sold 192  of its Master vans just piping its German rival by two units, while Fiat was third with 74 sales of its Ducato and VW moved 70 Crafters while Ford sold 58 Transits and Iveco posted a disappointing 25 Daily van sales, which may be down to  the model chase over and lack of stock.

Kenworth and Volvo  are sure to keep duking it out over the next three months with the Swedish maker determined to try to take the heavy crown from its long time rival while  plenty of focus will also be in whether  the market can  break the sales volume record yet again. Time will only tell how the remainder of the year will pan out.