TIC figures show positive medium-duty truck run continues

Some reasons to be cheerful in April commercial vehicle market

TIC figures show positive medium-duty truck run continues
April has some upside for commercial vehicle sales.


Commercial vehicle sales have described a perfect spike in the last three months, with April’s 2,522 total down from March’s 2,669 but exactly level with February’s mark.

Despite the dip, however, April this year has only been beaten by April 2010, when the total was 2,309, Truck Industry Council (TIC) T-Mark figures show.

The month was down 52 units in the heavy-duty trucks segment but a silver lining is that it is up 73 units on its February total and seven units up on April 2015.

It was marked by Isuzu, at 100 units sold, just getting back into three figures for the first time since December, while leaders Kenworth and Volvo were unable to sustain the previous two months’ growth, losing 32 sales each.

Scania, with 58, made a strong return to form after wallowing in the teens in the first two months of the year.

Medium-duty sales continue to make every post a winner this year, with April’s 21-unit jump to 551 supporting March’s 38-unit leap, itself 148 up on January.

April’s total here was up significantly from April 2015’s 477 and, like the overall total, was the best since April 2010’s 592.

At 238, Isuzu continues to make the running with its market percentage run in the 40s continuing.

The light-duty market took a breather from its break-neck rise, slipping back from March’s 909 units to 837, which was still above February’s 799 and the previous April’s 688.

Much of that fall was due to Isuzu lowering its high bar to 304 from March’s 361 and February’s 312.

Amongst the vans, having been headed by Renault in the first two months, Mercedes-Benz has reasserted its dominance, with its 173 total now more than double the French challenger’s 84.


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