It’s shaping up to be the tightest finish on record between the leading heavy-duty truck brands battling for year-end market supremacy.
In the latest numbers from the Truck Industry Council of trucks delivered, Volvo has edged clear of Kenworth in an intriguing seesaw tussle at the top.
The Wacol-based manufacturing powerhouse handed over 302 sets of keys in August, 18 more than Kenworth with 284.
That represents a massive spike for the big Swede on the July numbers when it notched 176 deliveries versus Kenworth’s 217.
Volvo is now on a year-to-date total of 2276, 16 clear of the Bayswater brand which has dominated this sector for many years.
Together the pair now holds a 40.3 per cent share of the heavy-duty sector, with Volvo on 20.2 and Kenworth on 20.1.
Isuzu cemented its hold on the third spot with another solid 168 deliveries for August, good enough for 13.8 per cent of this market in 2023 so far.
This trio has put a wide margin on the rest, comfortably headed by fourth-placed Scania which notched a healthy 116 trucks on the TIC sheet for August.
Mack also had reason to bark as it soared up the ladder into fifth overall spot courtesy of 92 deliveries, a big jump from its 71 in July.
Overall, there were 1419 heavy-duty trucks recorded, up from 1105 in the same category in July.
In the overall tally, Isuzu is again making no race of it at the top.
In August, it recorded 1183 deliveries, up from 1009 in July, and has now has a year-to-date total of 9291, or 29.5 per cent of the total truck market in Australia.
Hino also had a month to celebrate with 433, up from 325, and is in second spot overall with a 12.5 per cent market share.