Commercial vehicle sales keep much of recent gains


Light-duty trucks accelerate up the growth path in past three months

Commercial vehicle sales keep much of recent gains
Isuzu has a good story to tell

 

The short-lived truck-sales rally before the end of the financial year mostly subsided in July but there may be a silver lining for manufacturers.

At 2,656, raw Truck Industry Council (TIC) T-Mark statistics show total commercial vehicle numbers below June’s 3,026 but only just behind May’s 2,575 and well up on April’s 2,214.

It will take another couple of months to see if the trend is sustained in the new financial year and, given false dawns in previous years, few will be more than cautious about making positive predictions.

This pattern held for heavy- and medium-duty trucks but the light-duty sector has made every post a winner, with the April-July numbers reading 651, 723, 809 and 853. And last year’s June to July light-duty dip is missing.

Of the big movers, distributer Penske will be pleased at shifting 23 Dennis Eagle units, more than tripling previous monthly totals and nearly doubling its numbers overall  from 27 to 50, almost entirely on heavy-duty units.

A certain zig-zagging volatility amongst the truck makes was mirrored in vans, with Renault’s figures falling back precipitately. After nearly doubling in each of the previous months to reach 155 units in June it fell back to 52 in July, still up from the 46 sold in April.

 

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