Sales in New Zealand’s new truck market remained strong in August, keeping 2019 sales at record levels.


Total registrations for the first eight months of the year ran to 3572 trucks in the overall market (4.5 tonnes-maximum GVM), according to official NZ Transport Agency registration data – a new year-to-date benchmark, albeit just 2% up on last year’s 3489 regos at the same point.


The month itself saw 476 trucks above 4.5t registered – down on August 2017’s record 508.


The heavy trailer market, on the other hand, continued its downward trend – the 125 registrations for the month well down on August 2018’s 166.


Similarly, the YTD tally at the end of August stood at 1035, 12.5% down on last year’s total 1183 sales at the same point.


In the overall 4.5t-maximum GVM market, August saw Isuzu extend its 2019 lead, with 103 units registered – pushing its YTD total out to 890, 246 ahead of second-placed FUSO (563/78).


Hino (489/63) held third position YTD, ahead of Mercedes-Benz (246/49), Volvo (217/22) and Kenworth (204/32) – the top six positions unchanged. Iveco (178/29) moved up two places into seventh position YTD, ahead of DAF and UD (both 173/20), who equalled each other for month and the year to tie for eighth position. Scania (132/21) retained 10th place.


In the crossover 3.5-4.5t segment, Fiat (158/22) continued to open a huge gap on second-placed Mercedes-Benz (52/11), with Ford (23/2) third and Chevrolet (21/2) in fourth. Peugeot (19/3) moved ahead of Renault (18/2) for fifth and sixth.....




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