AS WE move into 2017, there appears to be a level of optimism in some quarters. Not so with those who believed the now defunct Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal (RSRT) would have brought better rates but now have to put up with the endless rhetoric from Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell on it was bad for business.
Transport businesses, however, must be chugging along nicely if you take into account the latest sales report from the Truck Industry Council (TIC).
TIC president Phil Taylor remarked that the fourth quarter of 2016 brought a “revival in heavy duty truck sales”.
TIC CEO Tony McMullen believes that the strong fourth quarter augurs well for improved truck sales this year.
McMullen blames the long federal election campaign and the accompanying business sector’s caution for the slow sales in the first half of 2016.
Overall, perennial front runners Isuzu again finished on top of the sales charts covering all sectors with a 25.2 per cent share (up from 23.3 per cent in 2015), followed by Hino on 13.4.
Isuzu also performed well in the heavy duty sector, coming in third with 12.9 per cent of sales. But it was Kenworth who again was top dog on the heavy sales list with 20 per cent, followed by Volvo on 16.1. It’s tight at the top with Volvo gaining ground on 2015’s figures, narrowing the gap from 5.5 to 3.9 per cent.
Despite Paccar having DAF in its stable alongside Kenworth, the Volvo Group has the advantage of Mack Trucks and UD Trucks under its umbrella, giving it a sizeable advantage if you tally the three brands together.
Elsewhere, Scania sales made a move northwards, however the same can’t be said of Western Star, which is languishing near the rear, dropping from 5.1 per cent in 2015 to only 3.4 per cent in 2016 (see Steve Brooks’ story on page 42 of this issue).
However, all the big guns will be on show (apart the Penske Group’s Western Star, MAN and Dennis Eagle brands) at this year’s Brisbane Truck Show. THERE HAVE BEEN A few personnel changes at
Owner//Driver over the summer break, most notably the addition of Cobey Bartels to the editorial team.
Cobey, based at our Brisbane office, is the newly appointed Owner//Driver deputy editor and digital content manager.
Cobey brings to the team a passion for trucks, cars, motorcycles and just about anything that makes noise and has wheels. His previous experience includes working across the digital marketing space for a number of companies, as well as a year working at
Big Rigs newspaper. Cobey will be out and about at industry events, truck shows and even popping into truck stops along the way.
Kenworth led the heavy duty trucks sales in 2016
deputy editor Cobey Bartels