* ACT - Commercial vehicle sales in doldrums for half a decade
(Video by trucktvaustralia - Nov 20, 2014: ATN's Matt Wood takes an unlikely looking light truck to the heart of Australia on a quest to deliver some Owner Driver mags)
Canberra, A.Capitol Territory, Australia -ATN -6 Jan 2015: -- Commercial vehicles have failed for the second year in a row to push sales much into the 30,000 band... Two years after breaking out of the 20,000s, progress beyond 2012’s 30,745 has proved elusive, Truck Industry Council (TIC) figures show... The total for 2014 including vans was 30,630, 15 units down from 2013. Most makes and models of trucks and vans struggle to lift figures... Individually, with a couple of notable exceptions either way, growth has been pretty flat for the makes... With the exception of Western Star, the biggest swings were displayed amongst van-makers, where Ford has lost half its sales in five years to hit 512... The biggest winner here has been Renault, up from 127 in 2010 to 960 last year and second place, while market leader Mercedes-Benz has seen relentless growth in the past three years take it into the 2,000s to end the year at 2,190... Amongst the heavy-duty performers, Western Star’s light has dimmed somewhat, recording 658 sales compared with 1,003 in 2012... Against that, Isuzu reached four figures in the sector for the first time this decade last year with 1,116... The paragon of steady growth was Scania, which has lifted heavy truck sales by an average of around 100 units a year to finish last year on 779...
* ACT - Five months of growth in new truck sales
(Video by trucktvaustralia - Nov 30, 2014: Matt encounters all sorts of bush engineering as he heads through Cooper Pedy in part two of his Road trip)
Canberra,ACT,Australia -ATN, by Steve Skinner -10 Dec 2014: -- Industry is within striking distance of best year since GFC, but November indicates a possible softening. New truck sales have increased in the past five months compared with last year’s results. Official T-Mark figures for the month of November show sales of 2,605 units, a 2.5 per cent gain compared with the November 2013 total... However November’s numbers were not as strong as those posted in the preceding four months, "and this possibly indicates that the market is softening," the Truck Industry Council (TIC) says... Year-to date (YTD) sales are just 179 units behind those of November 2013’s cumulative total of almost 28,000... The heavy duty segment picked up slightly in November compared with the same month last year, with 969 sales... Medium duty sales were down a touch in November, running against the positive trend seen in this segment recently... The light duty segment was again in positive territory with 723 units sold in November... However the 3.5 tonne-plus van segment again posted a negative result, down slightly at 387 units in November... Nevertheless, strong first half year results see the van segment up almost 9 per cent YTD compared with last year, at more than 4,200 units... TIC CEO Tony McMullan says the final result for 2014 will be about 20 per cent lower than the record year the industry experienced in 2007...
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