Fuso leads light-duty truck market
FUSO’S CANTER LED THE NEW Zealand light-duty truck market in April for the second month running, NZ Transport Agency figures show.
Fuso sold 42 Canters, five vehicles more than the 37 N-series retailed by traditional segment leader, Isuzu.
Year-to-date (YTD) to April 30, Fuso was also ahead, with a total of 156 Canters sold to Isuzu’s 139 N-series.
In third place in April was Hino which sold seventeen 300s during the month. It was also third YTD with 75 sales.
The only other light-duty registration recorded by the NZTA in April was a Fuso Fighter. Year-to-date to April 30, two had been registered.
The now off-the-market Hyundai HD75 was in fourth place YTD with six registrations.
In March, the Canter had racked-up up 52 sales to the N-series’ 40.
Third, with 25 registrations, was the Hino 300. Only one other light-duty truck was registered, a Foton Aumark.
The Foton was on run-out as new distributor, Foton New Zealand, part of the Hamilton-based Ebbett Group, cleared the deck of existing stocks.
Foton plans to introduce the new generation Aumark as part of a range of light to medium-duty trucks.
At the same time last year, the Isuzu N-series was on top of the sales charts, with 77 sales in March and had year-to-date sales of 173.
The Hino was in second place after the first four months of 2016, with 66 registrations.
The Canter, still marketed at that stage by Mitsubishi NZ, was a close third, on 63 sales. The Canter’s 2017 success reflects the strong marketing push put in by new distributor, Fuso NZ.
Top : Fuso’s Canter was NZ’S best-selling lightduty truck in the first four months of 2017. Above: Isuzu’s N-series was in second place at the end of April.