A last-minute slowdown saw the New Zealand new truck market just fall short of notching-up its best-ever year of sales in 2018.


In the end the overall market (trucks with a GVM above 4.5 tonnes) ran to 5164 trucks – just 45 less than 2017’s 5209 alltime record.


An up and down second half of the year saw a downturn in new truck registrations in August and September, then a bounceback – with recordbreaking sales in October (449) and November (470).


At the end of November, with a month of registrations still to come, sales for the year stood at 4884 – 88 ahead of the same point in 2017.


And then a slump to the worst December sales level since 2012, with just 280 new trucks registered, put paid to the chance of a new annual benchmark. It turned out to be the market’s worst month of 2018.


The trailer market also saw a December slowdown…but a new annual record was already guaranteed – 2017’s previous-best full year performance, with 1577 trailers registered, having already been surpassed by the end of November (which saw 150 regos for the month).


Although the 106 December trailer registrations amounted to the lowest since 2013, it pushed the 2018 total out to 1714 – an 8.6% improvement on the year-old record.


In the November/December close to the overall truck market’s year, longtime No. 1 Isuzu increased its 2018 lead, its 235 registrations pushing its total sales for the year (trucks above a 4.5t GVM) to 1197, with a 23.2% share. Its 143 regos in November was its best month all year.


Fuso finished 2018 in second place, with 93 for the final two months and 829 for the year – still well ahead of Hino, which registered 104 in the final two months, for a 2018 total of 707.


Behind them came Mercedes-Benz (387/66), Kenworth (310/38), DAF (279/32), Volvo (274/26) and a big-finishing UD (271/45). Iveco (252/41) also finished strongly, well ahead of Scania (167/10), MAN (113/11), Freightliner (74/13), Mack (65/5), Foton (53/9) and Sinotruk (37/9).


Fiat dominated the 3.5-4.5t segment, with 112 regos in the closing months to take its 2018 total to 429 – remarkably quadrupling the sales of its nearest rival, Mercedes-Benz (106/12), with LDV (28/14) third.


Fuso (364/32) held on to stay at the top of the 4.5-7.5t GVM class despite a big finish from Isuzu (320/83). Mercedes-Benz (240/25) was third for the year, followed by Hino (139/20) and Iveco (126/28)...




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