This year’s run of record-breaking sales for the New Zealand heavy truck market came to an end in June.

After five straight months of alltime bests, the market cooled – dropping to 402 registrations compared to May’s 518, and last year’s benchmark June tally of 510.


However, this year’s string of unprecedented monthly sales still carried the 2019 first-half registrations total to a new record, with 2621 sales in the overall market (4.5 tonnes GVM and above).


Total sales for the first half were 3.9% up on 2018’s 2518 registrations at the same point – a modest increase compared to the 10% to 40% gains common since 2010 (when the first-half total was just 720).


The half-year alltime best was achieved despite the fact that Q2’s total sales were slightly below those in the second quarter last year – 1320 compared to 1333 in 2018.


The trailer market, with 107 June registrations, was significantly down on the same month last year, when the market clocked a record 164 sales. It was also a sharp contrast to the 156 registrations in May this year.


Trailer registrations for Q2 (at 389) and the first six months of 2019 (760) also fell well short of last year’s alltime records – with 482 and 866 registrations respectively. Those figures represent a 19% and a 12% drop respectively – while the June total this year was 34.7% down on the same month last year.


The overall truck market in June was once again led by Isuzu (89), with FUSO (69) second – pushing their 2019 totals out to 603 and 417 respectively.....




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