The first three months of 2022 saw record, or near record, new truck sales that have come together to produce a new first quarter heavy vehicle mark in Australia.
The year-to-date (YTD) total of 8817 trucks and vans delivered in Australia is an increase of 492 units over this time last year, up 5.9 per cent.
It also eclipses the previous all-time first quarter sales record set in 2018 when 8675 trucks were sold in January through to March, by 142 vehicles, a 1.6 percent increase.
Looking just at the month of March in isolation, 3797 heavy vehicles were delivered to customers, an increase of 239 trucks (6.7 per cent) over March 2021.
The leader of this growth continues to be driven by the heavy-duty sector which was up again last month with a total of 1245 units delivered, a spike of 20.3 per cent, or 210 trucks, on March 2021.
The first quarter result was even better, with 3012 heavy sales year-to-date, representing the 23.6 per cent figure mentioned above. That was a 575 heavy truck increase over quarter one 2021.
Long-running category leader Kenworth once again came out on top in March with 271 units, with Isuzu next best on 186 sales to complete its third-straight monthly runner-up position in the category for 2022.
Volvo cemented its top-three status with an encouraging 177 units for March, but is still nine shy of Isuzu on YTD numbers, which has had an outstanding start to the year, given it doesn’t have an interstate linehaul variant.
Mack was the big mover in March among the heavies with a massive 90 units sold, and catapulted up the latter to now sit in fourth overall with a YTD total of 200.
In the medium duty segment posted solid sales again in March with a total of 686 trucks delivered, up 14.0 per cent, or 84 units, over March 2021. To the end of the first quarter a total of 1651 medium duty trucks have been delivered, up by 12.9 per cent (189 trucks) over 2021 first quarter sales.
“I am happy to see that the heavy-duty segment continues to lead the market’s sales growth at the end of March,” said Tony McMullan, CEO of Truck Industry Council, the peak industry body for truck manufacturers and importers in Australia.
“This level of sales growth across all truck segments will likely stem the ageing of our truck fleet, however more needs to be done to ensure that the significant level of safety, environmental and productivity features available in newer trucks permeates through our nation’s fleet.
“In this regard the federal government’s inaction in implementing ADR80/04, Euro VI and alternatives, is disappointing.”