NEWSJanuary 6, 2021
2020 truck sales: who grew, who didn't
Late surge caps a tumultuous year for sales of new trucks and vans in Australia
According to the latest Truck Industry Council TMARK data, a total of 34,476 new trucks and vans were registered in 2020, which was a contraction of 9.2 per cent over the corresponding 2019 figure. In a year that began with catastrophic bushfires which soon flowed into the worst pandemic in a century, that fall is perhaps quite modest, and was further constrained by a strong finish in the month of December.
The last month of 2020 saw 3478 new commercial vehicles registered, the figure representing growth of 7.1% over the same month in 2019.
And while many individual brands' sales charts were awash with red ink, there were still a fortunate few who bucked the trend in the unprecedented year that was – namely Fuso, DAF, and Hyundai.
Kenworth had an exceptionally strong finish to a difficult year
Meanwhile market leader Isuzu took a modest hit, its year-to-date tally of 8276 trucks down 4.0% on 2019, while Hino, in second place with overall registrations with 5195 units, was down by 6.0%. That left Fuso to round out the podium, which it did in fine style. Its tally of 3529 registrations was 6.0% up on 2019.
Looking at the major multi-brand conglomerates in Australia, Daimler (Fuso/Mercedes-Benz/Freightliner) topped the chart in 2020 with a total of 5077 new registrations, followed by Volvo Group Australia (Volvo/Mack/UD Trucks) with 3105, PACCAR (Kenworth/DAF) with 2618, and Penske Commercial Vehicles (Western Star/MAN/Dennis Eagle) with 640.
Cousin's VOLVO was written off last week and Volvo advised to get a truck to his spec he would be waiting until 2023 or he could get a plain jane model late 2022 and he could pay to get the changes made. Apparently both Volvo and Kenworth have closed their order books for 2021.
Cousin was hit head on on divided road by car that Police estimate was doing 155KMH, It bounced 5 metres back from the truck. Fortunately he saw it happening and stopped before impact. He's sore but unharmed. The 3 passengers in the sedan not a hope.
Greetings. Drove past CMV Kenworth/DAF dealership yesterday on the way to Gepps Cross to do our bit for the economy and I did not see one new Kenworth on display. A lot of new DAF trucks where normally the Kenworths are lined up. I thought then that that's a bit odd and now I read why. And come to think of it when we were retuning from a day trip to Nuri I go past Wakefield Trucks on Port Wakefield Road and I don't reckon there were many new Western Stars lined up- again- unusual.