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New truck sales during February brought mixed results across all truck categories, according to the latest Truck industry Council (TIC) monthly report.
The February total of 1,931 may have been 31 vehicles less than what was sold in February last year (1,962), but combined with the comparatively strong January result of 1,442 units, the year to date total of 3,373 is a good indicator that 2017’s first quarter will deliver strong results.
The ‘big three’ Japanese truck manufacturers were all well up on last year with Isuzu up 7.9 per cent, Hino up six per cent and Fuso up 8.9 per cent.
The heavy-duty category for February saw 658 units sold, just 13 less than for the same month in 2016, but similar to the overall market where the big trucks’ cumulative result for the first two months of 2017 was 1,137 vehicles, 2.5 per cent ahead for the year. Kenworth topped of the category, with a number of orders already placed for the truck brand’s new T610 models. Mack had a good month with 64 units placing it 28.7 per cent ahead of its 2016 year-to-date (YTD) and Scania’s 63 moved its total to 180.6 per cent above its own 2016 YTD results.
Meanwhile, heavy-duty van sales saw only two manufacturers in the positive territory on YTD with Iveco (8.3 per cent) and Renault (13.4 per cent). Renault’s YTD sales total of 305 is for its Master model only.
According to transport industry expert, Peter Shields, the first half of 2017 will witness numerous new models and even some new brands entering the market. “It will be interesting to observe whether the additional players help to grow the overall market or take market share from the established brands,” he said.