Coro­n­avirus con­vul­sions

New Zealand Truck & Driver - - Feature -

THE CORO­N­AVIRUS WREAKED HAVOC WITH New Zealand’s new truck mar­ket in April – the Level 4 state of emer­gency, un­sur­pris­ingly, re­duc­ing monthly reg­is­tra­tions to his­toric lows. The wide­spread ex­pec­ta­tion that this un­prece­dented close­down of the coun­try to stop the global COVID-19 pan­demic tak­ing a dev­as­tat­ing hold here, came to pass – with a vengeance.

Just 89 new trucks in the over­all mar­ket (all trucks with a GVM of

4.5 tonnes or more) were reg­is­tered….and trail­er­mak­ers put a mere eight units on the road.

The scale of the sav­aging that the heavy com­mer­cial ve­hi­cle mar­ket took in April is re­vealed by a com­par­i­son of the fig­ures with those for the same month last year – the truck reg­is­tra­tions down 311 units and 77.8%....while the eight trailer re­gos rep­re­sented a 93.6% drop on last

April’s 126.

Year-to-date truck reg­is­tra­tions at the end of April stood at 1134 – a third down on the 1700 for the first four months of 2020.

The trailer mar­ket’s YTD to­tal stood at 318 – 179 (and 36%) down on the same point last year.

In the over­all truck mar­ket, Isuzu (270/21) con­tin­ued to clearly lead the 2020 fig­ures with 270 reg­is­tra­tions – mov­ing fur­ther ahead of sec­ond-placed FUSO (181/9) and third-placed Hino (131/7).

How­ever, Volvo reg­is­tered a stand­out 27 trucks to be­come April’s top per­former – tak­ing its 2020 reg­is­tra­tions to­tal to 109 and go­ing clear of fifth-placed Sca­nia (82/6), Iveco (71/4), Mercedes-Benz (54/7), Ken­worth (50/1), UD (43/2) and DAF (31/2).

In the 3.5-4.5t GVM cross­over seg­ment, Fiat (63/0) held its lead, al­though it had no reg­is­tra­tions for the month. Mercedes-Benz (30/3)

Mount Maun­ganui Owens con­trac­tor Hewlett Trans­port has put this new DAF CF85 FTD 8x4 trac­tor unit to work, cart­ing con­tain­ers. The Sul­tan of Swing has a 510hp PACCAR MX en­gine, a ZF 16-speed trans­mis­sion and Mer­i­tor 46-160 diffs on Air­glide sus­pen­sion. It tows a new Patchell quad Swinglift

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from New Zealand

© PressReader. All rights reserved.