Aussies keep on truckin’

NT News - Motoring - - CARS GUIDE - By JAMES STAN­FORD

KEN­WORTH fin­ished an­other year as the cham­pion of heavy-duty trucks in Aus­tralia, eas­ily top­ping the 2011 sales chart.

How­ever, it wasn’t all smiles for the folks at the com­pany that has been pro­duc­ing rigs at its plant in Bayswa­ter, Vic­to­ria, since 1970. Ken­worth’s sales fig­ure of 1766 was 15 per cent down on its 2010 re­sults ac­cord­ing to in­dus­try statis­ti­cian VFACTS.

An­other brand that pro­duces trucks in Aus­tralia, Volvo Trucks, fin­ished in sec­ond place with 1215 sales in the heavy-duty class, that is trucks with a ca­pac­ity of 15 tonnes or more.

The Queens­land-based op­er­a­tion has rea­son to be happy, with sales hav­ing in­creased by 20.4 per cent on 2010 de­spite on­go­ing fi­nan­cial uncer­tainty.

One of the stronger per­form­ers of 2011 was Western Star, which fin­ished up as the num­ber one heavy duty im­porter and third out­right with 879 sales.

The Daim­ler-owned com­pany, which spe­cialises in tra­di­tional Amer­i­can rigs, im­proved on its 2010 per­for­mance by 15.9 per cent.

Iveco, which as­sem­bles trucks at its fac­tory in Dan­de­nong, Vic­to­ria, sold 869 heavy duty trucks in 2011 (and 142 medium-duty ma­chines), which rep­re­sents a 39.9 per cent in­crease.

Mack pro­duces trucks in Aus­tralia at the same plant as Volvo, in Wa­col, Queens­land, and it had a solid 2011 thanks to 825 sales. That re- presents a healthy 9.6 per cent im­prove­ment on 2010.

Isuzu was the top-sell­ing Ja­panese heavy duty truck brand for 2011, with 788 sales which was 6.1 per cent down on its 2010 re­sult.

That’s not bad con­sid­er­ing the sup­ply is­sues caused by the nat­u­ral dis­as­ters in Ja­pan last year.

Freight­liner had a mas­sive year in 2011, in­tro­duc­ing its all-im­por­tant Coron­ado and the heav­ily re­vised Ar­gosy cab-over. Its sales to­talled 721 for the year, a 32.3 per cent boost over 2010.

Mit­subishi Fuso sold 642 heavy duty rigs in 2011, Sca­nia fin­ished with sales of 454 and Hino man­aged 420.

The Queens­land-based op­er­a­tion has rea­son to be happy, with sales hav­ing in­creased by 20.4 per cent on 2010 de­spite on­go­ing fi­nan­cial uncer­tainty

Ken­worth trucks again topped Aus­tralian sales fig­ures charts

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