Perennial heavy duty sales winner Kenworth has picked up where it left off in 2020 and announced its intentions early in the first Truck Industry Council’s T-Mark figures for the year.
Kenworth takes the early sector lead with 112 registrations for January – just five fewer than the same month in 2020 – and comfortably clear of last year’s early frontrunner Volvo on 93.
Isuzu rounds out the top three with 81 units, compared with 88 last year.
The big mover amongst the heavies was Mercedes-Benz, bolting into fourth spot with 70 sales, a massive 32 truck spike when compared with the same time in 2020, and its second best result in the last five years.
Its Daimler stablemate Freightliner also had plenty to celebrate with 34 units for the month, that’s more than twice what it moved last year (16) and almost three-times the 2019 volume of 12.
An encouraging start to 2021 put Freightliner in fifth spot in the sector, just one above Scania whose January tally – 33 – is nearly half of what it moved in the same month last year.
In all there were 597 prime movers sold in January, which represents a 1.5 per cent growth rate compared to the same month in 2020.
As expected, Isuzu again leads the medium and light duty sectors with totals of 143 and 276, respectively.