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Dennis Eagle cleans up in June

June’s truck sales figures have been released and offer some mixed messages on the health of the industry and the economy.

One of the bigger movers is Dennis Eagle, which saw sales for the month reach 58, up from 19 the previous month.

By Rob McKay | July 4, 2012

June’s truck sales figures from the Truck Industry Council
have been released and offer some mixed messages on the health of the industry and the economy.

One of the bigger movers is Dennis Eagle, which saw sales for the month reach 58, up from 19 the previous month.

These are likely based on Cleanaway waste collection contracts.

Moreton Bay Regional Council revealed last month that a fleet of 30 was destined for its streets.

“The entire Moreton Bay Region fleet has been supplied by Transpacific’s commercial vehicles division, with the new low-entry Dennis Eagle trucks featuring superior visibility to improve safety not only for our drivers but also residents,” Transpacific Cleanaway CEO Kevin Campbell said mid-month.

In the heavy duty segment, Isuzu did well for the month to come in equal second with Western Star at 113 vehicles for the month, besting Volvo Mack and Iveco at 109, 103 and 101 respectively.

Isuzu Australia Marketing Manager Jeff Birdseye notes that its offering sits at the lower end of the heavy-duty segment but has sat as high as second, behind Kenworth – which sold 229 vehicles during the month – in the past.

Industry observers note that the segment is more than 20 percent up on first half 2011, with June alone being almost 19 percent higher than same month last year.

However, light duty truck sales are tracking two units less than at the same time in 2011 but are 17 percent down for June and
van sales are only 10 units above the first half of 2011.

“Perhaps this is an indicator that the economy in the capital cities is not so strong,” one observer
says.

“The numbers suggest the resources sector is keeping sales relatively strong.”

Otherwise, the fight for second sport for the month was a pretty even affair, with 12 trucks covering the positions of second to sixth.

The rest of the market has also been good generally Isuzu, with Birdseye saying that while the total market was down about 7-8 percent, Isuzu’s was looking at an increase of about 13 percent.

Perhaps the other outstanding performance was that of Mercedes-Benz in the vans segment, where, at 204 units, it was nearly four times higher than Fiat in second place with 5, with Ford at 44.

Much of this dominance is sheeted home to the switch by Australia Post from Ford Transit to Mercedes-Benz Sprinter and Vito a couple of years ago.

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