Truck sales off to strong start in 2019

January truck sales numbers show better than 8% improvement

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The heavy commercial vehicle market in Australia looks set to continue to see increased sales in 2019.

VFACTS data for January 2019 has just been released and shows a healthy 8.3% gain on the same month last year.

In total, 2,195 new trucks and heavy vans were sold in Australia last month.

Interestingly, most of the growth came in the medium-duty truck segment – sales here jumped ahead by more than 22%.

Light-duty sales were ahead 6.5% and heavy-duty was up 3.9%.

Some of the best performing brands in January included Hino (+6.1%), Kenworth (+8.6%), Scania (+145.8%), UD Trucks (+7.0%), Volvo (+90.5%) and Western Star (20.8%).

The Volvo improvement helped Volvo Group gain bragging rights as the biggest-selling multi-brand player in the market.

Combined Volvo, Mack and UD Trucks sales totalled 249 units in the month, finishing in front of Daimler Trucks (Mercedes-Benz/Freightliner and Fuso) with 240 sales.

While Iveco/International gained 104 unit sales and Penske (MAN and Western Star) 87.

January 2019 Light-Duty Truck Sales:

  • Fiat Ducato – 68 (+33.3%)
  • Ford Transit Heavy – 58 (-21.6%)
  • Fuso Canter (LD) – 96 (unchanged)
  • Hino (LD) – 152 (-3.8%)
  • Hyundai (LD) – 8 (+33.3%)
  • Isuzu N-Series (LD) – 218 (-9.9%)
  • Iveco C/C (LD) – 62 (-16.2%)
  • Iveco Van (LD) – 19 (+58.3%)
  • Mercedes-Benz Sprinter – 179 (-3.2%)
  • Renault Master – 108 (+10.2%)
  • Volkswagen Crafter – 19 (-29.6%)

January 2019 Medium-Duty Truck Sales:

  • DAF (MD) – 3 (unchanged)
  • Fuso Fighter (MD) – 59
  • Hino (MD) – 146 (+23.7%)
  • Isuzu N-Series (MD) – 156 (+19.1%)
  • Iveco (MD) – 5 (-16.7%)
  • MAN (MD) – 37 (-55.4%)
  • Mercedes (MD) – 2 (up from zero)
  • Scania (MD) – 1 (up from zero)
  • UD Trucks (MD) – 28 (+64.7%)
  • Volvo Truck (MD) – 3 (up from zero)

January 2019 Heavy-Duty Truck Sales:

  • DAF (HD) – 14 (unchanged)
  • Dennis Eagle (HD) – 1 (-94.7%)
  • Freightliner (HD) – 12 (-62.5%)
  • Fuso F-Series (HD) – 23 (unchanged)
  • Hino (HD) – 35 (-7.9%)
  • International – 2 (-80.0%)
  • Isuzu (HD) – 115 (+10.6%)
  • Iveco (HD) – 16 (-62.8%)
  • Kenworth – 177 (+8.6%)
  • Mack (HD) – 62 (unchanged)
  • MAN (HD) – 20 (-23.1%)
  • Mercedes (HD) – 48 (-38.5%)
  • Scania (HD) – 58 (+141.7%)
  • UD Trucks (HD) – 18 (-30.8%)
  • Volvo Truck (HD) – 138 (+86.5%)
  • Western Star (HD) – 29 (+20.8%)

January 2019 Heavy Commercial Vehicle Sales – Overall:

  • DAF – 17 (unchanged)
  • Dennis Eagle – 1 (-94.7%)
  • Fiat Professional – 68 (+33.3%)
  • Ford – 58 (-21.6%)
  • Freightliner – 12 (-62.5%)
  • Fuso – 178
  • Hino – 333 (+6.1%)
  • Hyundai Commercial Vehicles – 8 (+33.3%)
  • International – 2 (-80.0%)
  • Isuzu – 489 (+2.5%)
  • Iveco – 102 (-24.4%)
  • Kenworth – 177 (+8.6%)
  • Mack – 62 (unchanged)
  • MAN – 57 (-47.7%)
  • Mercedes-Benz Trucks – 50 (-37.5%)
  • Mercedes-Benz Vans – 179 (-3.2%)
  • Renault – 108 (+10.2%)
  • Scania – 59 (+145.8%)
  • UD Trucks – 46 (+7.0%)
  • Volkswagen – 19 (-29.6%)
  • Volvo Commercial – 141 (+90.5%)
  • Western Star – 29 (+20.8%)

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About Joel Helmes 1827 Articles
Joel is the founder and CEO of Heavy Vehicles. With more than 20 years experience in the media, including more than 10 years heading up the car publication - Behind the Wheel, Joel is passionate about bringing a fresh perspective to the Australian road transport industry. Prior to his media career Joel worked for a number of years as a bus, truck and delivery driver.

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