The Australian truck market closed in on an all-time record and came close to breaking it a month early with another booming sales result in November which saw a massive 4233 trucks sold for the month, more than 500 ahead of the same month in the all-time record year of 2018.
The result means that the market year to date has recorded 40267 sales, which puts it 2000 ahead of the same point in 2018 and that means it is just 1361 trucks short of that all-time record.
Isuzu again dominated the market , having already surpassed its own all time annual record at the end of October, selling 1278 trucks in November to capture 30.1 per cent of the market, giving it a year to date tally of 12,110, almost 2000 trucks ahead of its annual record, set in 2021.
The boom could be seen across the market, with few exceptions, most notably Hino, which is clearly hamstrung by the self-imposed supply issues resulting from the emission/fuel consumption fraud scandal of its parent in Japan.
For the third month in a row long-time rival Fuso bettered Hino’s sales with Fuso moving 457 trucks for 11 per cent overall market share to Hino’s 367 and 8.7 per cent for November. Year to date Hino still leads Fuso overall 5472 to 4409, and is unlikely to be overtaken, however no one could have guessed half-way through 2022 that the perennial third place getter could have closed the gap so significantly on Hino by the end of the year.
Volvo, which has been starved of supply for the past couple of years, and has struggled to beat Kenworth as a result, put in another stellar performance, with 329 sales to outsell the big K by exactly 30 trucks for the month. Volvo has boosted its supplies in recent times by importing CBU trucks from its factory in Saudi Arabia, prompting some to wonder whether it may be the first move in a potential shut down of its Australian factory at Wacol in Brisbane.
Volvo’s performance saw it finish the month with a 7.8 per cent market share with Kenworth in fifth place in the market with 7.1 per cent share. Volvo actually finished the month just 38 trucks behind Fuso.
Mercedes had a great month finishing sixth overall with 160 sales and 3.8 per cent share for the month, including its Sprinter light truck, while Iveco finished with 159 sales just one behind Mercedes.
UD’s stocks continue to rise with the Volvo marketed Japanese brand finishing in eighth place with 118 trucks and 2.8 per cent share for the month, while Scania demonstrated another consistently strong performance with 109 sales and 2.6 per cent share.
The outstanding month for the Volvo. Group was capped off with a strong month for Mack, selling 81 Bulldogs and registering a 1.9 per cent market share, rounding out the top ten.
Behind that came DAF with 78 , Fiat with 62 and Freightliner with 42, while Renault sold 28, Hyundai 20, Dennis Eagle with 16, Western Star with 5 and SEA Electric with 3.
In Heavy Duty, Volvo ruled the roost with 320 trucks, 21 clear of Kenworth, ahead of Isuzu on 199, Scania on 109 and UD on 106, while Mercedes sold 94 heavies, Mack 81 and Fuso 76.
In Medium Duty Hino wasn’t as badly affected by supply as in light duty and finished the sector closer to market leader Isuzu and ahead of Fuso. Isuzu finished on top of the medium sector for November with 356 trucks and 51.1 pe cent share of the segment, while Hino moved 172 trucks for 24.7 per cent share, while Fuso moved 118 trucks for a 17 per cent share.
The dominance of the three Japanese brands meant that the next best sellers, UD and Iveco both sold just 12 trucks for the month each with 1.7 per cent share.
Light duty saw Isuzu running rampant taking 50.3 per cent of the market with a whopping 723 sales, 442 sales ahead of Fuso which was next best on 281 sales and 19.6 per cent share. Hino meanwhile really suffered and was back in third with a paltry 136 sales and 9.5 per cent share, only marginally ahead of Iveco with 119 and 8.3 per cent.
Behind that came Mercedes with 64, Fiat with 62, Renault with 28 and Hyundai with 17.
Meanwhile Mercedes had a dominant display in vans, with its Sprinter capturing 42.3 per cent of the sector with 246 vans, well ahead of second placed Iveco with 137 Daily sales and 23.5 per cent share. Volkswagen with 77 Crafters sold, Renault with 74 Masters, Fiat with 42 Ducatos while Ford managed just six of its large Transits.
With another booming month rolling out across December and no respite in order taking, the Ausssie truck market is still on a rip roaring record making run