big rigs back

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Working Wheels - James Stan­ford

HEAVY truck sales cham­pion Ken­worth has bounced back from a tough 2011, record­ing a surge of al­most 40 per cent.

VFACTS fig­ures show the truck man­u­fac­turer based in the Mel­bourne sub­urb of Bayswa­ter sold just 759 trucks in the first half of last year. It fared much bet­ter this year, with sales click­ing over to 1046 at the end of June.

The 37.8 per cent lift is from in­creased de­mand across the range and a big jump in de­liv­er­ies of its new K200 cab-over. The ab­sence of the K-se­ries for much of last year has been cited as one rea­son Ken­worth had been hurt­ing.

Sales for all heavy trucks (of 15,000kg or more in­clud­ing load) are up by 20.5 per cent com­pared to the same pe­riod in 2011.

Truck sales are seen as a weather vane for the econ­omy, the num­bers sug­gest­ing grow­ing con­fi­dence.

The Ken­worth T680

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