Slow­ing… but still more records

New Zealand Truck & Driver - - Fleet Focus -

WHILE SALES IN NEW ZEALAND’S NEW TRUCK mar­ket slowed in Au­gust, the year is still at record-set­ting lev­els. To­tal reg­is­tra­tions for the rst eight months of the year ran to 3489 trucks in the over­all (4.5 tonnes-max­i­mum GVM) mar­ket, ac­cord­ing to o­cial NZ Trans­port Agency reg­is­tra­tion data – a new record, al­beit just 2% up on last year’s 3426 re­gos at the same point.

‹e month it­self saw 487 trucks above 4.5t reg­is­tered – down on Au­gust 2017’s record­break­ing 508.

On the other hand, the heavy trailer mar­ket con­tin­ued its record run in Au­gust – set­ting a new best for the month of 166 trail­ers (ahead of last year’s record by 17%).

‹at also helped cre­ate a new year-to-date record at the end of Au­gust, the 1183 reg­is­tra­tions 18% ahead of the pre­vi­ous best to­tal – 1004 sales at the same point in 2015.

In the over­all 4.5t-max­i­mum GVM mar­ket, Isuzu ex­tended its lead with 92 units reg­is­tered in Au­gust, push­ing its YTD to­tal out to 746 – 185 ahead of se­cond-placed FUSO (561/70), which was pipped for se­cond-best for the month by Hino (480/72).

‹e two have each been se­cond in the monthly stand­ings four times this year – but FUSO re­mained 81 ahead of its ri­val.

Mercedes-Benz (248/55) held fourth – thanks to its mo­tor car­a­van (MCV) sales, says in­dus­try an­a­lyst Robin Yates, whose Mar­ket­ing Hand con­sul­tancy pre­pares this re­port for NZ Truck & Driver.

MCVs ac­counted for 154 of its YTD sales and 43 Au­gust reg­is­tra­tions, says Yates.

PACCAR sta­ble­mates Ken­worth (221/34) and DAF (211/25) stayed clear of Volvo (201/27) in fth, sixth and sev­enth places YTD, ahead of UD (174/25), Iveco (164/20) and Sca­nia (136/22) – all re­tain­ing their places.

In the cross­over 3.5-4.5t seg­ment,Fiat (212/34) con­tin­ued to open a huge gap on se­cond-placed Mercedes-Benz (83/17), with Ford (13/1) and Peu­geot (13/2) third-equal. Re­nault (10/3) kept ahead of LDV (9/3), which is now six­the­qual with Toy­ota (9/0).

In the 4.5-7.5t cat­e­gory, FUSO (260/36) con­tin­ued to lead YTD, but Mercedes-Benz (177/46) closed dra­mat­i­cally on se­cond-placed Isuzu (180/26). Hino (90/19) and Iveco (72/11) re­tained last month’s places, while Fiat (26/2) joined Fo­ton (26/1) in sixth-equal.

In the 7.5-15t seg­ment,Isuzu (273/33),con­tin­ued to be dom­i­nant – both for the month and YTD. Hino (136/11) was next,ahead of FUSO (128/15), UD (42/2), Iveco (23/2) and Fo­ton (12/0).

In the 15-20.5t class, Hino (51/9) was fol­lowed by UD (37/7),which over­took FUSO (34/2). Isuzu (29/4) re­tained fourth, fol­lowed by Iveco (12/0), which was caught by Mercedes-Benz and Sca­nia (both 12/1).

All brands in the small 20.5-23t seg­ment held their places, with only the top three – Hino (25/4),UD (8/2) and Isuzu (3/1) – ad­ding to their to­tals.

In the pre­mium 23t to max GVM cat­e­gory, 2018 leader Isuzu (265/28) could only man­age third for the month, be­hind YTD se­cond-placed Ken­worth (221/34) and fth-placed Hino (178/29).

DAF (205/24) held third for the year, while Volvo (201/27), fourth, inched closer. FUSO (138/17) was sixth,ahead of Sca­nia (124/21), UD (87/14) and MAN (67/10). Iveco and Mercedes-Benz con­tin­ued their pri­vate bat­tle for 10th, with (53/7) apiece.

It’s no con­test at the top of the trailer mar­ket, with Patchell (158/26) romp­ing away from the rest.‹ere were how­ever two ghts for ma­jor po­si­tions in the top ve – with­YTD se­cond-placed Frue­hauf (104/12) nar­rowly lead­ing MTE (102/13), while Domett (81/15) re­took fourth place from Road­mas­ter (80/5) in Au­gust.

Be­hind them,TMC (65/7) was fol­lowed by Trans­port Trail­ers (57/10), which swapped places with Max­iCUBE (53/2).Trans¦eet (41/7) re­tained ninth and Jack­son (39/10) took 10th from Freighter (36/4).

Robin Yates has been analysing how the NZ truck mar­ket (4.5t GVM and above) com­pares on a pro­vin­cial or city-by-city ba­sis over the past 10 years – as at the end of July each year.

Un­sur­pris­ingly, Auck­land con­tin­ued to dom­i­nate the na­tional mar­ket, ac­count­ing for 36% of all reg­is­tra­tions – equal to the sales in Hamil­ton, Christchurch, Palmer­ston North, Welling­ton and Napier com­bined.

Two signi cant changes, says Yates, were Christchurch reg­is­tra­tions’ share of the na­tional mar­ket in­creas­ing from 8.5% to 11.5%….whileWelling­ton’s sales dropped from 6.8% to 5.2%.

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