2020 the year that was. For many individuals and businesses 31 December 2020 couldn’t come fast enough. At least calendar-wise and somewhat theoretically, an opportunity to put the horrors of the coronavirus pandemic into the past. For realists, it’s not a change of date that makes the difference to the ‘times’. It is actions that can make a difference. A vaccine on the horizon for starters! We wrap 2020 with a whip around of truck industry news and signs of the ‘good’ for 2021.
For many interstate and long distance transport operators a great outcome for the start of 2021 would the action of ending the open/closed state borders. This would definitely be a welcome sign of easier business operations and conditions.
More ‘good’ signs is the significant infrastructure spends being undertaken by state, territory and Federal Government. The upgrades to key transport links and corridors can represent efficiency wins for many operators while the amount of construction projects can mean lots more work. Excavators, road builders, concretors and others in the building and construction sector should have reason to be optimistic.
The truck sales figures to September were recently released, providing an overall picture on the market from January to September 2020. According to the figures released by the Truck Industry Council TMARK, overall figures were down around 10% on the same period on 2019. But despite the issues around COVID-19, sales are better than some industry observers expected. No doubt as a result of the surge in online sales and deliveries, the light duty market was the better performing sector with sales growth reported over several recent months.
So which manufacturers lead the truck sales market so far this year? Looking at the year to date figures covering January through to September 2020:-
- Overall truck sales in numbers of units sold: Isuzu, Hino, Fuso, Volvo and Kenworth.
- Heavy duty class: Volvo, Kenworth, Isuzu, Scania and Mercedes-Benz
- Medium duty category: Isuzu, Hino, Fuso, MAN and Iveco
- Light duty class: Isuzu, Hino, Fuso, Iveco and Fiat
Several manufacturers including Fuso are having a 2020 plate clearance. So if you want to get in for a great price vehicle, call Jade for a quote and a pre-approved truck loan.
End of each year is traditionally awards seasons in many industries and the trucking sector is no different. Trucksales recently unveiled the finalists in the 2021 Safety and Innovation Awards. Despite the massive disruption to operations both locally and internationally, many manufacturers of both trucks and components still managed to launch great products in 2020.
The finalists include:-
- The DAF 2020 models CF and XF
- Freightliner Cascadia, particularly noted for fuel efficiency
- Hino 300 Series, noted for safety
As well as several initiatives and programs in the areas of safety and innovation. We’ll keep an eye out for the announcement of the winners in 2021. Meanwhile, if you’re motivated to invest in a one of the finalist vehicles, check our Truck Loan Interest Rate Comparison Calculator to see how Jade can assist with a cheap loan.
Finance Signs and Supports
Throughout 2020 and as we have done for many years, Jade continued to support truck owners and transport operators with cheap truck finance to assist them invest and grow their businesses. Fortunately it looks like one of the great things of 2020, historic low interest rates, will continue into 2021. Great news if you’ve been delaying that new truck to see how your business situation would ‘play out’. Use our Truck Loan Calculator to work out rough repayment estimates for as many trucks as you like. This is a great tool to plan how you would like your loan structured. Vary the balloon/residual, loan term and loan amount to see how the repayments change.
To support our customers we have upped the ante with new resources on our website. Creating very much a self-serve source for truck loan planning tools and information on topics and issues relevant to business and specifically the transport sector.
Our new Comparison Calculator is very useful addition to our website. We’ve listed the interest rates we are currently achieving on a range of finance products in our portfolio. You can quickly enter the amount and term of your proposed loan to see how that would play out in repayments for different loan types. While we always advise that customers consult with their accountant in regard to selecting a loan product, this is a great self-serve resource to support our customers.
Our articles library is constantly being added to each week as our team stay across a lot of what’s happening in the economy and the transport industry. We’ve published a wealth of information and explainers on many of the complex budget announcements and other stimulus measures which we hope are of assistance to you.
If you want to start 2021 in a positive gear with a new truck, give us a call for a quote on heavy vehicle loans. Our Jade consultants will work with you to deliver a cost-effective loan package to support your business operation.
For a cheap truck finance deal to set you up for a great 2021, contact Jade Truck Loans on 1300 000 003
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