The new truck market continued to be in record-breaking form in October.


The month itself produced the best October performance ever in terms of registrations in the overall (4.5 tonnes-plus GVM) market – the 480 sales a 9% improvement on previous best, from 2018.


The trailer market was 29 units behind 2014’s alltime best October and also trailed the same month in 2018 by eight units – thus also dropping the year-to-date tally further behind the same point 12 months earlier.


October’s 138 trailer registrations carried the 2019 YTD total to 1302 – 10.7% behind 2018’s record-breaking market.


In October’s 4.5t-maximum GVM truck market, things remained much the same, with Isuzu notching-up its sixth 100-plus month for the year, with 120 registrations, official NZ Transport Agency data shows.


That saw its 2019 monthly average sitting at 104 – up from 2018’s 96 average.


It was well ahead of FUSO’s 70.6 monthly average so far in 2019 – and Hino’s 60.2 per month average. Between these three and UD, Japanese trucks accounted for 59% of the market YTD.


At the end of October, Isuzu’s registrations totalled 1040 YTD, with FUSO (706/60) next YTD – some way behind.


Then came Hino (602/57), Mercedes-Benz (341/36), Volvo (277/37) and Iveco (244/34), which moved ahead of Kenworth (240/18). DAF (216/15) and UD (216/22) were tied in ninth, ahead of Scania (196/29)....




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