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 December 2020   

New Zealand’s new truck market continued at its so-called “new normal” in a world still struggling with the COVID-19 pandemic in October, with sales almost 25% down on the same month in 2019.

NZ Transport Agency data shows that 361 trucks were registered in the overall market (trucks with a GVM above 4.5 tonnes), compared to 480 a year earlier.

Similarly, the 3385 total 2020 registrations at the end of October amounted to a 26% fall from last year’s 4566 sales at the same point. 

The trailer market for the first 10 months of the year was down 13% on 2019, with 1045 registrations compared to 1202 a year earlier. 

In October, in the overall truck market, longtime No. 1 Isuzu (813/83) improved its lead, ahead of FUSO (494/51), Hino (451/58) and Scania (250/25).

Behind the top four, Iveco (236/30) overtook Volvo (214/7) to take fifth position. Behind them, the rest of the top 10 (in fact, right down to 15th place) was unchanged, with Mercedes-Benz (197/31) in seventh, ahead of Kenworth (197/31), DAF (134/12) and UD (118/18).

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New Zealand’s new truck market continued at its so-called “new normal” in a world still struggling with the COVID-19 pandemic in October, with sales almost 25% down on the same month in 2019.
NZ Transport Agency data shows that 361 trucks were registered in the overall market (trucks with a GVM above 4.5 tonnes), compared to 480 a year earlier.
Similarly, the 3385 total 2020 registrations at the end of October amounted to a 26% fall from last year’s 4566 sales at the same point. 
The trailer market for the first 10 months of the year was down 13% on 2019, with 1045 registrations compared to 1202 a year earlier. 
In October, in the overall truck market, longtime No. 1 Isuzu (813/83) improved its lead, ahead of FUSO (494/51), Hino (451/58) and Scania (250/25).
Behind the top four, Iveco (236/30) overtook Volvo (214/7) to take fifth position. Behind them, the rest of the top 10 (in fact, right down to 15th place) was unchanged, with Mercedes-Benz (197/31) in seventh, ahead of Kenworth (197/31), DAF (134/12) and UD (118/18).
In the 3.5-4.5t GVM crossover segment – the only part of the market where registrations were up on 2019 – Fiat (237/32) extended its runaway lead, followed by Mercedes-Benz (79/9), Chevrolet (30/1) and Renault (28/5), while Peugeot (23/4) moved ahead of Ford (20/1). 
In the 4.5-7.5t GVM division, Isuzu (239/29) continued to move ahead of FUSO (223/15). The rest of top six were also unchanged, with Iveco (129/18) third, ahead of Hino (92/9), Mercedes-Benz (56/9) and Foton (46/2).  
In the 7.5-15t GVM class, Isuzu (364/34) continued its dominance – its year-to-date total now nearly triple the registration tally of closest rival Hino (125/16). It has registered more trucks in this class than the accumulated total of all of other makes in the division. FUSO (100/11) was third, well ahead of Iveco (40/7) and Foton (20/4).
In the 15-20.5t GVM category, Hino (81/7) continued its clear lead, ahead of second-placed FUSO (39/7) and UD (23/2) in third. In fourth place, Iveco (14/1) was joined by both Mercedes-Benz (14/2) and Scania (14/2). 
The tiny 20.5-23t GVM division saw Isuzu (33/9) hold its No. 1 position, ahead of Hino (27/8), while FUSO (12/2) remained third.  
In the premium 23t to maximum GVM class, Scania (235/23) solidified its lead YTD ahead of Volvo (214/7). Isuzu (168/10) remained in third, ahead of Kenworth (137/11) in fourth. 
Hino (126/18) and Mercedes-Benz (122/19) both had good months, each moving up a place – at the expense of DAF (121/11) and FUSO (120/16) respectively. UD (87/15) and Iveco (53/4) completed the top 10. 
In the trailer market, Patchell (114/12) slightly extended its lead on second-placed Domett (98/10), while Fruehauf (90/12) remained third. Roadmaster (85/14) topped the registrations for the month and moved ahead of MTE (82/9) for fourth YTD. 
Transport Trailers (58/8) retained sixth, ahead of TMC (55/7), while Freighter (41/2) and Transfleet (41/4) tied for eighth. TES (37/4) rounded out the top 10.  

Navman
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