Isuzu on top in light truck market
ISUZU’S N-SERIES LED LIGHT-DUTY TRUCK REGISTRATIONS IN August, a month in which only four models achieved sales. Among them, they amassed a total of 131 sales for the month. The N-series was on top for the second month running, with 61 registrations.
In second place was the Fuso Canter range which had dominated sales in the first six months of 2017. Fuso New Zealand racked up 42 Canter sales in August. The Canter is LCV Magazine’s 2017 Light Truck of the Year.
Hino’s 300 took third spot with 26 registrations. The only other truck range to make the August sales chart was the medium-duty Fuso Fighter with two light-duty versions registered.
Year-to-date (YTD) to August 31, the Canter led the sales race with 372 registrations. Canter sales surged during the early months of the year after Fuso NZ took over distribution of the Japanese brand’s trucks from Mitsubishi New Zealand.
The N-series was in second place with 316 registrations, followed by the Hino 300 on 157.
Hyundai’s new Mighty truck range was in fourth place YTD, with 15 registrations. The new Korean load-hauler debuted at the 2016 national Fieldays and was launched on to the New Zealand market at this year’s THE transport industry expo at Mystery Creek.
It replaced the lack-lustre HD60 and HD75 trucks in Hyundai NZ’S commercial vehicle line-up.
The HD75, in fact, was NZ’S fifth best-selling light truck in the first eight months of 2017, as Hyundai NZ cleared the decks, selling off old stock at giveaway prices in preparation for the arrival of the Mighty.
Six were registered in the first few months of the year, a total equalled by the Fuso Fighter.
In seventh place was the re-launched Foton Aumark with two registrations. Foton New Zealand now distributes the light-duty Chinese truck and has been refining the model line-up and specification.
The only other light-duty truck registered to August 31 was a Chinesebuilt Jac, one of the last-remaining examples of the brand following its local market sales failure.
A total of 865 light-duty trucks was registered in the first eight months of the year.
Stylish Hino 300 has features like stability control and a reversing camera.
Right: Isuzu N-series was back on top of the light-duty truck sector in August. Top: Fuso Canter led the segment year-to-date. Above: Hyundai Mighty is the new kid on the light-duty block.