Slowing… but still more records
WHILE SALES IN NEW ZEALAND’S NEW TRUCK market slowed in August, the year is still at record-setting levels. Total registrations for the rst eight months of the year ran to 3489 trucks in the overall (4.5 tonnes-maximum GVM) market, according to ocial NZ Transport Agency registration data – a new record, albeit just 2% up on last year’s 3426 regos at the same point.
e month itself saw 487 trucks above 4.5t registered – down on August 2017’s recordbreaking 508.
On the other hand, the heavy trailer market continued its record run in August – setting a new best for the month of 166 trailers (ahead of last year’s record by 17%).
at also helped create a new year-to-date record at the end of August, the 1183 registrations 18% ahead of the previous best total – 1004 sales at the same point in 2015.
In the overall 4.5t-maximum GVM market, Isuzu extended its lead with 92 units registered in August, pushing its YTD total out to 746 – 185 ahead of second-placed FUSO (561/70), which was pipped for second-best for the month by Hino (480/72).
e two have each been second in the monthly standings four times this year – but FUSO remained 81 ahead of its rival.
Mercedes-Benz (248/55) held fourth – thanks to its motor caravan (MCV) sales, says industry analyst Robin Yates, whose Marketing Hand consultancy prepares this report for NZ Truck & Driver.
MCVs accounted for 154 of its YTD sales and 43 August registrations, says Yates.
PACCAR stablemates Kenworth (221/34) and DAF (211/25) stayed clear of Volvo (201/27) in fth, sixth and seventh places YTD, ahead of UD (174/25), Iveco (164/20) and Scania (136/22) – all retaining their places.
In the crossover 3.5-4.5t segment,Fiat (212/34) continued to open a huge gap on second-placed Mercedes-Benz (83/17), with Ford (13/1) and Peugeot (13/2) third-equal. Renault (10/3) kept ahead of LDV (9/3), which is now sixthequal with Toyota (9/0).
In the 4.5-7.5t category, FUSO (260/36) continued to lead YTD, but Mercedes-Benz (177/46) closed dramatically on second-placed Isuzu (180/26). Hino (90/19) and Iveco (72/11) retained last month’s places, while Fiat (26/2) joined Foton (26/1) in sixth-equal.
In the 7.5-15t segment,Isuzu (273/33),continued to be dominant – both for the month and YTD. Hino (136/11) was next,ahead of FUSO (128/15), UD (42/2), Iveco (23/2) and Foton (12/0).
In the 15-20.5t class, Hino (51/9) was followed by UD (37/7),which overtook FUSO (34/2). Isuzu (29/4) retained fourth, followed by Iveco (12/0), which was caught by Mercedes-Benz and Scania (both 12/1).
All brands in the small 20.5-23t segment held their places, with only the top three – Hino (25/4),UD (8/2) and Isuzu (3/1) – adding to their totals.
In the premium 23t to max GVM category, 2018 leader Isuzu (265/28) could only manage third for the month, behind YTD second-placed Kenworth (221/34) and fth-placed Hino (178/29).
DAF (205/24) held third for the year, while Volvo (201/27), fourth, inched closer. FUSO (138/17) was sixth,ahead of Scania (124/21), UD (87/14) and MAN (67/10). Iveco and Mercedes-Benz continued their private battle for 10th, with (53/7) apiece.
It’s no contest at the top of the trailer market, with Patchell (158/26) romping away from the rest.ere were however two ghts for major positions in the top ve – withYTD second-placed Fruehauf (104/12) narrowly leading MTE (102/13), while Domett (81/15) retook fourth place from Roadmaster (80/5) in August.
Behind them,TMC (65/7) was followed by Transport Trailers (57/10), which swapped places with MaxiCUBE (53/2).Trans¦eet (41/7) retained ninth and Jackson (39/10) took 10th from Freighter (36/4).
Robin Yates has been analysing how the NZ truck market (4.5t GVM and above) compares on a provincial or city-by-city basis over the past 10 years – as at the end of July each year.
Unsurprisingly, Auckland continued to dominate the national market, accounting for 36% of all registrations – equal to the sales in Hamilton, Christchurch, Palmerston North, Wellington and Napier combined.
Two signi cant changes, says Yates, were Christchurch registrations’ share of the national market increasing from 8.5% to 11.5%….whileWellington’s sales dropped from 6.8% to 5.2%.
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