Volvo excited over February truck sales figures

By: Greg Worrall


The solid start to the year by truck manufacturers is continuing, with Volvo Trucks saying its customer orders for January

The solid start to the year by truck manufacturers is continuing, with Volvo Trucks saying its customer orders for January and February 2008 represent a 25 percent increase over the same period in 2007.

Even more good news for Volvo is the revelation sales of SCR vehicles are 60 percent ahead of plan, while sales of EGR vehicles are currently 40 percent ahead of plan.

The company says it is pleased orders for SCR vehicles are much stronger than originally estimated.

‘We have experienced unexpectedly high enquiries for our SCR models. We have found that our customers are very much aware of the business advantages that SCR technology can offer. That is, longer service intervals and better performance and productivity. SCR is just better for business in many applications," says James Morris, National Sales manager.

Morris says that according to ERG estimates, Volvo market share of registrations for the first two months was around 7percent.

‘We’re not particularly concerned with this. It’s due to two contrubiting factors. Firstly, we enjoyed a very strong end to 2007. This led to the bulk of our Euro 3 stock being sold out. Consequently, we have had very limited Euro 3 stock available in 2008. Secondly, we have experienced some delays in deliveries of our Euro 4 stock. This has been due to our rigorous Australian factory quality audit process which is associated with any new product introductions. These delays are now resolved and production is back on schedule."

He says Volvo believes the 2008 market will be stronger than many initially predicted, and with a strong order book early in the year, the company is aiming for a final market share of at least 10 percent.

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