It’s a great time to be building and marketing trucks and buses with global demand on the up for heavy vehicles.
And Traton AG is one of the big players…even though you might not have heard the Traton name before.
You’d certainly know Volkswagen Truck & Bus, and it’s that operation that is now rebranded into the Traton AG organisation.
The truck and bus manufacturer is led by Andreas Renschler (pictured above) and he’s just reported the latest sales and financial reports for the first three quarters of 2018.
The news is generally very positive.
Between January and September, Traton delivered some 15% more vehicles than in the same period a year ago.
This amounted to 166,330 vehicles bearing the brands of MAN Truck & Bus, Scania, and Volkswagen Caminhões e Ônibus (a Brazilian commercial vehicles brand).
The Traton CEO saying the entire team did a good job in the first nine months.
“However, the very strong sales performance of the first half of the year tapered off slightly in the third quarter.”
The number of vehicles delivered from MAN Truck & Bus rose by 15% to 72,040.
Scania’s deliveries of trucks and buses climbed to 68,640 vehicles, or around 7% more than in the previous year.
Locally, MAN has been one of the biggest movers in the local market with 903 sales to the end of the September – a total up 43.6% on the same period last year.
Scania, which has no doubt been affected by the change-over to the new-generation of Scania trucks, recorded 662 total sales Australia across the nine month period – a dip of -3.8% on the same period in 2017.
Meantime, Mr Renschler again confirmed that Traton AG was committed to the “wide-ranging strategic alliance” forged with Navistar in 2016.
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