Look­ing for­ward

Owner Driver - - News - GREG BUSH

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

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