Heavy duty truck sales back in town

Best March and first quarter since 2014

Heavy duty truck sales back in town
The heavy-duty segment is finally having some time in the sun


Sales of the nation’s biggest trucks have sustained the sort of run the market has missed for three years.

At 979 sales for March and 2,116 for the first calendar quarter, these are the best heavy duty figures since 2014’s 1,002 and 2,381 and put it in range of the totals of two years before that, according to Truck Industry Council (TIC) T-Mark figures.

After a slow January, market leaders Kenworth and Volvo have seen two successive months of around 40 units improvements.

Kenworth is at 164 units and Volvo at 149 for March but the biggest jump month on month was Isuzu, nearly doubling the previous month’s total to hit three figures at 105 – its best monthly showing this decade – while Scania rose around 50 per cent to 93.

The big lift is mirrored by the commercial vehicle market as a whole, which is in decade-record territory at 2,962 units for the month, handily above March 2015’s 2,893, and 7,158 for the year above 2013’s previous decade high of 6,777.

Record figures came in overall, with Isuzu at 703 for the month, three units better than March 2010, with its year-so-far total of 1,792, equalling 2010.

Toppling records did not extend to medium-duty trucks, though, and, though Isuzu was a bit up on previous years, nothing seems to be able to shift the segment into the 600s per month.

Where that segment failed to flatter, the light-duty offering is a monster that refused ease off its growth.

At 923 for the month and 2,334 for the year, it has put previous Marches and first quarters deeply in the shade, with the next best being 867 and 2,018 in 2015.

For once, the big moves were other than Isuzu, with Iveco making its presence felt month n month up from 21 in February to 84, and Hino and Fuso making steady gains of 19 and 38 units respectively.  

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