Kenworth consistent as Volvo recovers, but Isuzu is storming ahead

By: Greg Worrall


With the sales year now one third complete, Kenworth Trucks is remaining ultra-consistent in the flagship Heavy Truck sector, outselling

With the sales year now one third complete, Kenworth Trucks is remaining ultra-consistent in the flagship Heavy Truck sector, outselling arch-rival Western Star by virtually two trucks to one, but Isuzu remains the dominant performer.

While fellow Japanese manufacturers Hino (1817) and Fuso (1208) are the only others who have cracked the 1000 sales mark, even they pale against Isuzu, which continues to dominate the marketplace with 2544 units sold.

The title of comeback king has to go to Swedish manufacturer Volvo, which bounced back to finish equal third in the heavy duty sector with Isuzu, both companies selling a total of 339 units year to date, although Volvo managed to deliver 120 trucks during this time, actually outselling Western Star by 10 units for the month (120 vs 110).

Mack sales remained constant without being spectacular, the bulldog brand shifting 77 trucks in the month, with a total sales for the year of 330 units.

For those looking for the rise of European trucks after the efforts of Volvo, Iveco is proof Euros will sell in Oz, managing 96 for the month and 269 for the year, well ahead of stablemate International (47 and 179 respectively).

The lighter segments remain the domain of the Japanese, with Isuzu showing a clean set of heels to compatriots Hino, Fuso and UD Diesel.

In Medium, Isuzu found owners for 278 trucks, just ahead of Hino (244), with Fuso (117) and UD (75) trailing, well ahead of next best Iveco (19).

In Light Duty, it was even more clear cut, Isuzu (388) running away from Hino (187), closely followed by Fuso (168) and Iveco (77).

Despite the launch of the revised Sprinter and Vito vans in March, Mercedes straggled home with just 17 sales for the month, followed by Volkswagen with eight sales.

In the van sector though, the three-pointed star romped away, having the Medium sector to itself (22) as well as dominating the light van market with 148 units, for a year-to-date figure of 605 ahead of Ford (60 and 333) and FIAT (32 and 131).

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