Kenworth and Volvo locked in neck and neck sales race

neck and neck

Kenworth has a race on its hands to claw back its perch at the top of the heavy-duty truck sector in Australia.

New crown challenger Volvo flew out of the gates in 2023 and hasn’t backed off an inch in the latest Truck Industry Council sales numbers that have just landed.

Both Volvo and Kenworth recorded 307 sales apiece in May, leaving the Wacol-based manufacturer 15 clear of the Bayswater behemoth on the year-to-date (YTD) board – 1301 vs. 1286. Together the pair now accounts for more than 40 per cent of sales in the sector.

Isuzu solidified its spot on the podium with 212 sales for the month, and now sits on 919 YTD, or 14.3 per cent of the total heavies’ pie.

Heavy-duty sales for May. Source: TIC

Another Euro invader, Scania, also had a month to celebrate, notching an impressive 159 sales and sits nicely clear of the bunch in fourth place overall with 463 transactions.

Of the others, DAF was also noteworthy in May, recording 85 sales, up from 63 in April and now boasts a 2023 total of 307.

Overall, it was business as usual at the top with Isuzu again dominating across the medium-duties and lights.

In the medium-duty market Isuzu recorded a massive 363 sales in May (a 53.1 per cent market share) and was almost as dominant in the lights with 658 sales, or 42.6 per cent of the total market.

Overall, Isuzu sold 5505 units of the 18,341 vehicles above 3500kg GVM that changed hands in May.

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