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Slow start for truck sales

Slow start for truck sales

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 March 2020   

After a successful end to last year’s heavy truck sales, which saw New Zealand’s new truck market with its best-ever year, 2020 has started slowly, with sales down in January.

The 384 trucks (with a GVM of 4.5 tonnes-plus) registered in the first month of the year was 7.7% down on the 416 sales in January 2019. 

At the same time, official NZ Transport Agency registration data shows that trailer registrations in January were up slightly on 2019 – the 116 sales five ahead of January 2019 registrations.

The leaders in both the overall truck market and the trailer market continued where they left off in 2019 – with longtime No. 1s Isuzu and Patchell still outfront.

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After a successful end to last year’s heavy truck sales, which saw New Zealand’s new truck market with its best-ever year, 2020 has started slowly, with sales down in January.
The 384 trucks (with a GVM of 4.5 tonnes-plus) registered in the first month of the year was 7.7% down on the 416 sales in January 2019. 
At the same time, official NZ Transport Agency registration data shows that trailer registrations in January were up slightly on 2019 – the 116 sales five ahead of January 2019 registrations.
The leaders in both the overall truck market and the trailer market continued where they left off in 2019 – with longtime No. 1s Isuzu and Patchell still outfront.
In the overall 4.5t to maximum GVM truck market, Isuzu registered 79 vehicles in January, comfortably ahead of last year’s second and third-ranked makes, FUSO (with 56 sales) and Hino (52) respectively.
Volvo registered 38 trucks for fourth, ahead of a much-improved improved Scania (23), with Kenworth (22) next – retaining its place from 2019. Iveco and Mercedes-Benz (both 21), UD (15) and DAF (11) completed the top 10.
In the 3.5-4.5t crossover segment, Fiat (26) was the runaway leader, ahead of Mercedes-Benz (7), Chevrolet and Renault (5 apiece), Ford (3), Peugeot (2) and Iveco (1). 
In the 4.5-7.5t GVM division, FUSO dropped sales significantly compared to January 2019 – while Isuzu’s registrations crept up slightly so that the two were tied, first-equal….each with 17 sales. Iveco and Hino (9 each), were third-equal, ahead of Mercedes-Benz and Foton (6 apiece), Peugeot (3) and Hyundai and Fiat (2 each).
In the 7.5-15t segment, last year’s top three held their places – Isuzu registering 33 trucks in January, way ahead of FUSO (17) and Hino (14). They were, in turn, well up on Iveco (3), Foton (2) and UD (1).
The small 15-20.5t GVM category was led by Hino (10), ahead of FUSO (7), UD and Isuzu (4 each) and Scania, DAF and Iveco (one apiece). 
In the tiny 20.5-23t segment, Hino, Fuso and Freightliner each registered one truck.
All of Volvo’s 38 trucks registered in January were in the premium 23t to maximum GVM segment, making it the clear leader in that top end of the market – well ahead of second-placed Isuzu (25), Kenworth and Scania (22 each) and Hino (18).
FUSO (14) was next, followed by Mercedes-Benz (13), with DAF and UD with 10 registrations each and Sinotruk (9) rounding out the top 10.
Patchell’s quest to be market leader for the 11th consecutive year got off to a good start, with 20 sales, compared to Fruehauf (13), Roadmaster (10) and MTE (9). 
Following them were Domett and TES (6 each), Transfleet (5), TMC (4) and Transport Trailers and Evans (3 apiece).  



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