MARKET WRAP: LIGHT TRUCK
Fuso Canter, still owning the light truck market.
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.