Commercial vehicles year falls just short of 2008

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There were 36,825 commercial vehicles sold last year, Truck Industry Council T-Mark figures show.

The total is 205 units above 2008’s 36,620 and also comfortably above totals recorded this decade, including last year’s former decade high of 32,964.

Interestingly, market leader Isuzu’s total across segments of 8,898, following December’s 725, remained under 2008’s 9,223, following its December’s 787, possibly a result of the market’s recent focus on heavy duty sales growth.

It was a pattern replicated amongst most leading makes, with the exceptions being Volvo (1,874/1,118 and 198/109) and Scania (1,004/393 and 131/49), the latter in four figures for the first time ever in a single year.

In the heavy-duty segment itself, the annual total of 12,002 eclipsed 2008’s 11,766, with December’s total at 1,250, up against December 2008’s 991. Kenworth’s 2,355/286 compares well with 2008’s 2,661/216. Volvo year was big, too, at 1,845/196 compared with 2008’s 1,114/106, while Isuzu (1,387/158 v. 1,171/94), Mack (1,026/93 v. 768/50) and Mercedes-Benz (813/81 v. 439/52) will all be pleased with their full year and December performances on 10 years ago.

The trend was otherwise in the medium-duty segment. Though 2017’s 7,312 was up on 2016’s 7,027, it was heavily outgunned by 2008’s 9,609. The story here is the MAN’s performance. Its 462 for the year and 81 for the month is startling, given last year that was 77/5 and 10 years ago it was 88/6, and it now has a market share of 6.3 per cent after barely rating.

 More promising segment-wise was the light-duty totals, where last year’s 11,628 was above both 2016’s 10,669 and 2008’s 10,618, with the December total reached four figures for the first time at 1,057. Market leader Isuzu was is record territory – at 4,641, more than double nearest rivals Fuso and Hino combined, at 2,302 and 2,272 respectively.

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