Fuso Can­ter, still own­ing the light truck mar­ket.

New Zealand LCV - - CONTENTS - Words: Mike Stock

The month in light-truck sales and sto­ries.

STRONG SALES OF FAC­TORY-BUILT TIP­PER SALES spurred Fuso’s Can­ter to the top of the light-duty truck mar­ket in the first eight months of this year. By the end of Au­gust, Fuso New Zealand had re­tailed 256 Can­ters to re­tain the seg­ment lead­er­ship for the sec­ond year run­ning.

There are 50 mod­els in Fuso’s Can­ter range, in­clud­ing 4x4s, AWDS, crew cabs, hy­brids and tip­pers, and many Can­ters re­quire only a car li­cence to drive. Fuso says that of­fers a dis­tinct ad­van­tage to fleet own­ers look­ing to step up from a ute with­out fur­ther in­vest­ment in driver li­cens­ing.

Can­ter Tip­pers in­clude a 7.5-tonne Wide Cab model (816) or six-tonne City Cab model (616). Both are avail­able with five-speed man­ual or Fuso’s six-speed Duonic au­to­mated man­ual trans­mis­sion (AMT), with the ad­van­tage of low tare weight and a lim­ited slip diff.

Giv­ing Can­ter sales a fil­lip, the 816 now gets a larger 2.4 cu­bic me­tre body as stan­dard, pro­vid­ing nearly 15 per­cent greater ca­pac­ity.

Sec­ond on the light-duty truck sales chart at Au­gust 31 was the

Can­ter’s arch-ri­val, the Isuzu N-se­ries, with to­tal sales of 188.

A dis­tant third was the at­trac­tive Hino 300 which fea­tures elec­tronic sta­bil­ity con­trol as stan­dard; 88 were re­tailed in the first eight months of the year.

Chi­nese brand Fo­ton took fourth place with 27 sales of light-duty ver­sions of the Au­mark.

The only other light truck to reg­is­ter sales was Hyundai’s at­trac­tively-styled Mighty. The Korean truck drives well, has crisp mod­ern styling but has failed to strike a chord with NZ buy­ers. Given its mer­its, it seems odd that only 18 were reg­is­tered to Au­gust 30.

Isuzu led the over­all truck mar­ket with 778 sales of light-, medium-, and heavy-duty mod­els.

Fuso was 200 regis­tra­tions be­hind on 578, with Hino third on 480 sales.

Hyundai’s Mighty is cer­tainly im­pres­sive, and more de­serv­ing than its mod­est sales sug­gest.

Fuso Can­ter is top of the NZ sales chart, with the ecan­ter, the world’s first EV light truck due be­fore the end of 2018.

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