TRT Re­cently Reg­is­tered

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New truck and trailer reg­is­tra­tions for May

NEW ZEALAND’S NEW TRUCK MAR­KET NOT ONLY NOTCHED-UP a new sales record in May – it also saw long­time dom­i­nant Num­ber One Isuzu beaten in monthly sales for the first time in 18 months.

The re­vi­talised Fuso, on the back of its change in NZ dis­trib­u­tor late last year, reg­is­tered 101 trucks with a GVM over 4.5-tonnes for the month – five more than Isuzu.

That was within an over­all (4.5t-plus GVM) mar­ket of 473 reg­is­tra­tions – beat­ing the pre­vi­ous all­time best May by 24% and 27% ahead of the same month last year, ac­cord­ing to of­fi­cial NZ Trans­port Agency reg­is­tra­tion data.

It was the sec­ond-best monthly sales to­tal all­time – beaten only by 540 reg­is­tra­tions in June 2008, which mar­ket an­a­lyst Robin Yates points out was cre­ated by an ar­ti­fi­cial stim­u­lus… namely a rush to beat new brake and ex­haust emis­sions reg­u­la­tions.

May was, says Yates, “cer­tainly the best ‘hon­est’ month of all time.” The 1938 reg­is­tra­tions for the year to the end of May was also a new record – 14% ahead of the first five months of 2015 and 20% ahead of the same pe­riod last year.

The heavy trailer mar­ket also had a good month, with 153 reg­is­tra­tions set­ting another new May record, 21% ahead of 2005’s old all­time best. It was 27% up on May last year and the 572 year-to-date to­tal at the end of May was a 6% im­prove­ment on last year… but fell short of the 591 for the same pe­riod in 2015.

Yates, whose Mar­ket­ing Hand con­sul­tancy pre­pares this monthly re­port for NZ Truck & Driver, says that, in the new truck mar­ket, “the bar just keeps get­ting higher and higher – as it should in a grow­ing econ­omy.

“When Fuso NZ man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Kur­tis An­drews said last De­cem­ber that his tar­get was 100 units a month, I must ad­mit to a de­gree of scep­ti­cism. Af­ter all, the new Fuso NZ dis­trib­u­tor­ship did not of­fi­cially launch un­til Jan­uary.

“Since then though it has reg­is­tered, on av­er­age, over 75 heavy trucks and five buses per month. Not bad for a startup Kiwi


“But, of course, it has a long way to go catch longterm mar­ket leader Isuzu, which by the end of May had reg­is­tered 438 new trucks this year – 16% more than Fuso (with 379).”

Hino con­tin­ued to hold third place, with 249 YTD and 61 for the month. Volvo (148/18) re­tained fourth, fol­lowed by UD (106/31).

DAF (101/38) swapped places with sta­ble­mate Ken­worth (87/17). Separat­ing them was Mercedes-Benz (88/22), which re­tained sev­enth, while Iveco (83/26) re­mained ninth.

Sca­nia (75/32) held 10th, while MAN (52/9) lost a place. RAM (26/8) passed Mack (22/1), while Freight­liner (19/3) re­mained 14th.

In the 3.5-4.5t cross­over seg­ment, Fiat (113/22) con­tin­ued to dom­i­nate, ahead of Mercedes-Benz (45/13) and Re­nault (5/1). Iveco (4/0) lost a place, while Ford (4/1) gained one.

In the 4.5-7.5t seg­ment there were no changes to the or­der of last month’s po­si­tions: Fuso (218/83) ex­tended its lead over Isuzu (114/20), ahead of Hino (50/9), Mercedes-Benz (40/4), Iveco (39/15), RAM (26/8), Fiat (16/2), Volk­swa­gen (7/0) and Hyundai (5/2). Re­nault re­mained on one.

Things were a bit more change­able in the 7.5-15t seg­ment, al­though Isuzu (184/37) re­mained dom­i­nant – well clear of a squab­bling pack. Hino (90/27) moved into sec­ond spot at the ex­pense of Fuso (87/10), while UD (30/8) re­tained fourth…. but Iveco (13/4) took fifth from MAN (10/0). Mercedes-Benz (4/0), DAF (3/0), Hyundai (3/0) and Fo­ton (1/0) re­tained their places.

UD (29/10) still led the 15-20.5t seg­ment from Hino (22/5), Fuso (13/1) and Isuzu (10/5). Mercedes-Benz (6/1) lost a place ahead of Iveco (5/1), DAF and MAN (3/0 apiece). Sca­nia and Volvo (each 2/1) and West­ern Star (2/0) gained a place apiece.

Sca­nia (6/3) led the 20.5-23t seg­ment for the month, but re­mained third YTD be­hind Hino (11/1) and UD (8/1). Isuzu (3/1) re­tained fourth, while MAN and Sinotruk (2/0 apiece) each lost a place. Fuso and Mercedes-Benz re­mained sev­enth-equal with one each.

In the pre­mium 23t-max GVM seg­ment, Volvo (146/17) re­tained the YTD lead de­spite be­ing only fifth-equal in May. Isuzu (127/33) re­mained sec­ond, while PACCAR sta­ble­mates DAF (95/38 and the leader for the month) and Ken­worth (87/17) swapped third and fourth places. Hino (76/19) lost one place, while Sca­nia (67/28) gained one. Fuso (60/7) lost one spot and UD (39/12) moved up a place to eighth. That left MAN (37/8) shar­ing ninth with an im­prov­ing Mercedes-Benz (37/17). Iveco (26/6) re­tained 11th, but Mack (22/1) lost two places. Freight­liner (19/3) and In­ter­na­tional (9/2) re­mained 13th and 14th.

The top two places in the trailer mar­ket re­mained the same in May, with Patchell (80/20) the clear No. 1, ahead of Frue­hauf (56/18). But be­hind them, Domett (45/14) moved up from four­the­qual to third, at the ex­pense of MTE (41/8), which was joined by Road­mas­ter (41/10).

Trans­port Trail­ers (39/11) re­tained sixth, while TMC (35/8) was joined in sev­enth-equal by Max­iCUBE (35/11), which was up from eighth. Trans­fleet (23/7) was next, ahead of Jack­son (22/6). T&D

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