Truck sales records continue to tumble

Several records fell in August as new truck sales outstrip 2018's numbers

After a dip in July new truck sales are back on track to beat 2018 numbers, with an August result of 3,926 beating the previous August record by 81 units. This was an 11.5 per cent gain on August last year and brings the year to date (YTD) to 28,307 – smashing 2018’s 27,159. 

Heavy-duty

A new record was set in the heavy-duty segment with a total of 1,325 heavy vehicles delivered – up 232 on last year – bringing the segment to 9,308 to date. This surpassed August 2018’s result of 1,257 by 68 units and saw a 1.5 per cent growth in heavy vehicle sales in the January–August period.

Interestingly, Kenworth actually sold more units last August, dropping eight to reach 281 this year, but Volvo brought the goods with a jump from 129 in August 2021 to 216 last month. That brought them to 1,910 and 1,386 units respectively YTD. Isuzu remained in third, snapping at the heels of Volvo with an August total of 179 and a YTD of 1,312.

Scania and UD Trucks had a scrap in the early 100s, finishing up at 111 and 101 units, respectively for August, with Scania pulling ahead in the YTD numbers at 694 compared to UD’s 632. Both showed strong gains on last August’s sales of 74 and 59. 

Of the remaining manufacturers, numbers were generally up but Mercedes-Benz saw a large decrease from 101 last August to reach 60 in 2022 and Western Star dropped from 42 last year to seven. 

Medium-duty

In the medium-duty segment a total of 669 units were delivered – an increase of 4.7 per cent over August 2021, to bring the segment to a total of 5,223, which is 513 ahead on 2021. Unfortunately the heady heights of 2018 have not been breached here, falling short by just over 200 YTD. 

Surprising nobody, Isuzu strode ahead with 338, up 66 on last August’s result. This brings its YTD to 2,352. Hino was comfortably in second place with 174, though that was a decrease of 21 compared to August 2021, bringing its YTD to 1,600. Fuso brought the last of the triple figures with 109, down from 2021’s 123, to give it a YTD of 866.

Of the remaining manufacturers, SEA Electric continues to pick up speed, recording four units in August. 

Light-duty

In the light-duty market, with records busted last month, it was a It’s better news in the light-duty segment however, with the 2018 record also being smashed – this time by a huge 278 to reach an August 2022 result of 1,432. This brings the light-duty segment YTD to 10,326; an amazing 1,033 more trucks than last year.

Isuzu’s total of 704 put it exactly 200 ahead of its August 2021 result and puts it at 4,690 units for the YTD, accounting for a squeak under 50 per cent of August’s entire light duty sales. Hino held onto second with 229 while Fuso brought up third with 216 – both down on last year’s results – while Renault swung the opposite way with a gain of 41 to reach an August 2022 total of 64. Mercedes-Benz also saw a gain, up from 28 last year to 56 this year. 

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