Volvo’s 27 reg­is­tra­tions in the 23t-max GVM pre­mium di­vi­sion were just three trucks shy of its March sales...

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was the only other brand to reg­is­ter a truck in this seg­ment in April. Ford (11/0) re­mained third.

In the 4.5-7.5t di­vi­sion, FUSO (74/5) held onto its lead (just!) over Isuzu (73/8), with Iveco (36/0) re­tain­ing third. Hino (22/3) re­mained in fourth po­si­tion, while Mercedes-Benz (14/1) went ahead of Fo­ton (13/0).

In the 7.5-15t class, Isuzu (123/5) re­tained the sig­nif­i­cant lead it had al­ready built in the first three months. FUSO (42/3) re­mained sec­ond, ahead of Hino (35/3), Iveco (12/3), UD (4/2), Fo­ton (2/0) and Mercedes-Benz (2/1).

In the 15-20.5t GVM cat­e­gory, Hino (24/0) con­tin­ued to lead from FUSO (13/0) and UD (12/0), in sec­ond and third. Sca­nia (7/0) held fourth – but only by one thanks to Mercedes-Benz (6/2) reg­is­ter­ing two trucks in April…while MAN (2/1) sold one.

In the tiny 20.5-23t GVM di­vi­sion there were no reg­is­tra­tions – thus Hino (8/0) con­tin­ued to lead from FUSO (4/0) and Freight­liner (1/0).

Volvo’s 27 reg­is­tra­tions in the 23t-max GVM pre­mium di­vi­sion were just three trucks shy of its March sales – that mere 10% re­duc­tion re­mark­able since others in the top 10 lost any­thing be­tween 46% and 100% of their March reg­is­tra­tions.

So Volvo ex­tended its seg­ment lead over Sca­nia (75/6) with 109

YTD reg­is­tra­tions. Isuzu (69/8) was third, while the next six held their March places, with Ken­worth (50/1) in fourth, ahead of FUSO (48/1), Hino (42/1), Mercedes-Benz (32/3), UD (27/0) and DAF (27/2). MAN (21/2) edged ahead of Iveco (20/1) for 10th.

With trailer man­u­fac­tur­ers forced to close dur­ing the Level 4 lock­down, un­sur­pris­ingly only three man­aged to reg­is­ter new ve­hi­cles – Freighter im­prov­ing from 10th to sev­enth with its five re­gos, Domett with two and TMC one.

Mar­ket leader Patchell (38/0) re­tained its YTD lead­er­ship, fol­lowed by Frue­hauf (31/0), MTE (28/0), Road­mas­ter (27/0), Domett (22/2), TMC (20/1) and Freighter (14/5).

Com­plet­ing the top 10 were TES (12/0) and Trans­port Trail­ers and Trans­fleet (both 11/0).


Gavin Log­ging has this new Ken­worth T659 log­ger work­ing out of Han­mer Springs, with Stephen (Yogi) Oak­ley at the wheel. It has a 600-615hp Cum­mins X15 en­gine, an 18-speed Road­ranger trans­mis­sion and Mer­i­tor 46-160GP diffs on Air­glide sus­pen­sion. It’s fit­ted with Patchell log gear and tows a match­ing four-axle trailer

Paen­garoa Road Haulage (PRH) has this new Volvo FH 540 cart­ing gen­eral freight and pro­duce around the North Is­land, out of its Te Puke base. The 8x4 rigid has a 540hp en­gine, an I Shift AMT and a new Domett cur­tain­sider body and match­ing five-axle trailer

The sec­ond of two new Mack Tri­dent 8x4 trac­tor units has gone to work for Dib­ble Bulk Trans­port, cart­ing ce­ment prod­ucts with a Feld­binder quad semi-trailer pneu­matic tanker. The Mt Maun­ganui-based unit has a 535hp Mack MP8 en­gine, an mDrive AMT and Mer­i­tor 46-160 diffs

Wairoa’s Kiwi Trans­port has this new Volvo FM 500 tip­per unit cart­ing fert and bulk metal around its home area. The 6x4 has a 500hp en­gine, I-Shift trans­mis­sion and Volvo diffs, with a 7.5 tonne front axle and Trans­fleet bulk body

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