TIC confident of 40,000 truck sales in 2018

Slight slowdown in third-quarter but grand total still possible

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The Australian new truck sales industry could still crack 40,000 sales this calendar year, despite the brakes going on just a touch in the third-quarter.

As reported, 3,353 new trucks were handed over to customers in October, a total well ahead of the 2,883 sales recorded in the same month last year.

Almost all the main players finished ahead of their October 2017 total, Freightliner and Scania though lost ground – both brands no doubt affected by the change over to new models.

Year to date, truck sales in Australia are ahead 15.9% and at this rate we could see, for the first time ever, 40,000 truck sales in our market.

“It was great to see strong Light Duty Truck sales in October, while the Heavy and Medium sector continue to performed solidly.” – TIC CEO Tony McMullan.

“Although we are witnessing a slowing of sales in most segments in the past three or four months, the overall results for 2018 remain strong.

“With just two months remaining in the year we are inching ever closer to a new all-time sales record for heavy vehicle sales in Australia.

“We may even crack that elusive goal of more than 40,000 new truck sales in a calendar year.”

October 2018 Truck/Van Sales (by brand):

  • DAF – 47 (+30.6%)
  • Dennis Eagle – 7 (+133.3%)
  • Fiat Professional – 98 (+19.5%)
  • Ford – 31 (-62.7%)
  • Freightliner 33 (-23.3%)
  • Fuso – 338 (+10.5%)
  • Hino – 502 (+15.7%)
  • Hyundai Commercial Vehicles – 12 (up from 7 last October)
  • International – 2
  • Isuzu – 869 (+10.6%)
  • Iveco – 181 (+26.6%)
  • Kenworth – 265 (+15.7%)
  • Mack – 95 (+2.2%)
  • MAN – 65 (-36.9%)
  • Mercedes-Benz Trucks – 69 (-46.9%)
  • Mercedes-Benz Vans – 319 (-3.6%)
  • Renault – 149 (+30.7%)
  • Scania – 83 (-2.4%)
  • UD Trucks – 80 (+31.1%)
  • Volkswagen – 43 (+87.0%)
  • Volvo Commercial – 191 (+4.4%)
  • Western Star – 27 (-20.6%)

Heavy Duty Truck sales were solid in October with the segment posting deliveries of 1,398 units, up 17.7%.

October was another solid month for Medium Duty sales, up 10.6% and 1,234 Light Trucks were delivered up 18.1%.

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