Truck sales continue zig-zag

This year’s commercial vehicles up and down continued into May

Truck sales continue zig-zag
Renault had a stellar van sales month in May.


The refusal of this year’s monthly truck sales to settle into a particular trend has become something of a trend itself.

But manufacturers will be happy to see total numbers of trucks and vans heading in the right direction in May, to 2,828 units, after a slight slump in April, at 2,522, according to Truck Industry Council (TIC) T-Mark figures.

That said, ‘seasonal’ factors look to be involved as May has jumped for the last three years at least.

Pleasingly, the monthly number and year-to-date total, of 12,125, are both up on last year, which was also an increase on 2014 and was driven mostly by lighter vehicles.

Of the makes, Renault vans recorded the heftiest rise, from 84 units to 157.

"Our continued growth is directly related to the growth of our dealer network, which is now in excess of 50 outlets," Renault Australia MD Justin Hocevar says.

"Throughput per dealer is above the industry average, and increasing sales points mean more Australians have a Renault LCV dealer conveniently located close by them."

Deliveries of 1,876 Renault LCVs year-to-date are up from 1,253 in the same period last year.

Led by Kenworth, heavy-duty trucks bounced as well, to eight units above the 800 mark.

Kenworth’s return to some form was the headline move there, to 178 units from 135 in April and 138 in May last year but just short of the 187 of May 2014, when the sector’s slump really started to bite.

However , the year-to-date figure, at 3,457, was 12 down on last year.

Medium-duty sales continue their seemingly inexorable rise, to 616 and 2,539 for the year – the year-to-date figure being the best since 2013’s 2,652.

Light-duty trucks so far were also at their best for four years.



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