Commercial vehicle sales rollercoaster keeps rolling

No end to alternate month peaks and troughs that mark second half of calendar year

Commercial vehicle sales rollercoaster keeps rolling
Commercial vehicle sales zig-zagged this year month on month.


A consistently inconsistent commercial vehicle sales year has held true to form with November recording a 161-unit jump to 2,853 from October, just below September’s 2,865 total.

But while much gloom has attended heavy-duty truck sales, overall, manufacturers are on track to record their best full year performance this decade, Truck Industry Council (TIC) T-Mark figures show.

At 28,933 units for the year to date (YTD) and with only on month remaining, they are 1,133 ahead of this time last year and 908 above the next highest figure, in November 2012.

Some of the strength is in the medium duty segment, where Fuso led the charge with a 37 unit lift to 114, a welcome return to triple figures that put the total to 629.

The medium duty YTD total of 6,090 was second best, with the decade’s best being November 2012’s 6,163.

Despite Hino adding 13 units on the previous month to make 168, light-duty sales of 892 failed to match September’s 915 and November 2012’s 900.

However, at YTD 8,883, the segment is comfortably above 2012’s 8,203.

Doldrums continue to plague the heavy-duty segment, with the calendar second half failing to make it past 900.

December will see if the 800 mark gives any resistance after November’s total of 802, the worst performance this decade at 33 units short of November 2010.

Resistancenot impossible, with December 2014 up 53 on November 2014, December 2013 up 60 on the previous month's mark, December 2012 up 161,  and December 2010 up 45, with only December 2011 the spoiler, falling 53 units.

A sliver of a heavy duty silver lining was that the YTD of 8,885 was better than 2010’s 8,062.

Kenworth felt the pain last month, down 49 units while Volvo lost 20, while Iveco recovered from its dip to 27 to gain 56.

Among the vans, which had their best month for the half so far, there was a return to some form from Ford, jumping to 44 from 16 in October.

The outstanding leap, though, came from Renault, more than 100 units up, from 97 to 199, and giving Mercedes-Benz Vans a run for its money despite it gaining a creditable 33 units to 207.


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