Aussies keep on truckin’
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