The Most Popular Truck Brands in Australia

Trucking is one of the most important sectors of the freight industry in Australia, generating an annual revenue of over $54 billion. According to a 2018 report, the trucking sector includes more than 43,000 businesses, and with figures predicted to grow. This year alone, more than 18,000 new trucks were registered from January to June 2019.

The key to a thriving trucking business is the vehicles themselves. A reliable fleet means  reliable service and income. Here are the most popular truck brands in Australia.


In terms of sales, Isuzy is the leading truck brand in Australia for over 30 years, with 4,350 new units sold during the first half of 2019 alone. This Japanese manufacturer is also leading the pack in year-to-date medium-duty truck (1,487 units) and light-duty truck (2,074units) sales.

This proves that Isuzu is continuously satisfying the needs of Australian businesses. In fact, Isuzu has just released eight new models to the FX heavy-duty range, and three new trucks to the FY heavy-duty range.


A subsidiary of Toyota Group, Hino is celebrating 54 years of providing high-quality trucks to Aussies. It boasts the company’s comprehensive research and development, design excellence, and superior engineering in all its trucks.

Hino started as a gas lighting-maker company in Tokyo back in 1910, before joining Toyota in 1967 when it became the first brand to introduce hybrid trucks in Australia. Currently, Hino is offering a wide range of trucks for different purposes, from light-duty to heavy-duty, as well as 4×4 and hybrid trucks.


Fuso is another Japanese brand that has been around in Australia for quite some time now. It has been supplying Aussies with reliable and durable trucks for various types of businesses for 40 years. Officially a member of the Daimler Truck and Bus Group, Fuso trucks are manufactured by Mitsubishi Truck and Bus Corporation in Australia.


This Washington-based truck brand is one of the most popular brands in Australia. Manufacturing different models of medium and heavy-duty trucks, Kenworth focuses on innovation and developing new features on their products. It has a facility in Victoria, where local production of Kenworth trucks is done. Kenworth currently leads the year-to-date sales in heavy-duty trucks with 1,154 units sold.

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Like Kenworth, Volvo is another truck brand that has a local production facility in Australia, which is located in Wacol, Queensland. The Volvo trucks facility was built in 1972 and the biggest heavy-duty trucks assembly plant in Australia. This is a huge factor why Volvo trucks are always on the top sales list. Aussies are inclined to buy them because they are locally produced or assembled.

The first Volvo truck was manufactured way back in 1928 in Sweden. Today, one of the best Volvo trucks that you can buy is Volvo FH16, the World’s safest Volvo truck.


Formerly called International Harvester and International Trucks, IVECO Trucks has been distributing light, medium, and heavy-duty trucks to Australian businesses since 1902. But only in 1952 when it was able to build a local manufacturing plant in Dandenong, Victoria. Since then, IVECO has manufactured more than 230,000 trucks, which include ACCO, Stralis, and Powerstar models.


When it comes to manufacturing of class 8 vehicles (capacity of 16 tonnes and over), there is no beating the Swedish brand, Scania. Its heavy-duty trucks are well-equipped for transporting large and heavy cargo over long distances, making them ideal for road trains. Scania also makes trucks that are ideal for construction purposes.

Scania is a global company with a presence in more than 100 countries and employs more than 18,400 people. Its head office is located in Södertälje, Sweden.


Another truck brand that locally assembles their products is Mack, which is part of Volvo Group Australia. The brand just celebrated its 100th anniversary in the country last June. As part of the celebration, Mack released two limited-edition trucks: a Super-Liner and a Trident.

Since 1963, when Mack Trucks Australia was established, the brand has been assembling trucks suitable for Australian conditions. All Mack trucks are supported by the largest dealer network in Australia, with 77 service points around the country.

Some of the best Mack trucks you can buy include the Titan, Granite, and Metro-Liner. All Mack trucks are designed for heavy construction and distribution sectors.


The most popular truck brand in the world. This German manufacturer has been in the business since 1893. It has produced a variety of reliable and high-quality delivery vehicles, including pickup trucks and heavy trucks. MAN and Scania are members of the Volkswagen Group but regards one another as competitors in the same industry.

MAN started distribution in Australia in 2000 when the MAN Automotive Imports was established. Today, the sales and after-sales support for MAN Trucks Australia are done out of the Asia Pacific headquarters in Brisbane, Australia.

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History of Kenworth Trucks in Australia

Kenworth has been a household name in Australia since the 1960s when the first trucks from the United States hit the local market. The company went on to build the first Australian-made Kenworth truck and sell many of the well-known transport machines in the country. The history of Kenworth trucks in Australia is rich and deserves retelling to appreciate the brand’s great contributions and accomplishments to the Australian trucking industry.
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Australia Leading the Way in Electric Trucks

It’s the dawn of the age of electric vehicles. Manufacturers all over the world are racing to supply the growing demand for these eco-friendly automobiles. Right now, the competition for electric trucks in Australia seems wide-open.

Tesla, the world leader in electric cars, is developing a heavy-duty truck called Semi, but it will take a few more years before we could see even a prototype. Volkswagen is also investing $2 Billion to put an electric engine on its trucks over the next five years. Almost all the major manufacturers have their own plans too. Continue reading Australia Leading the Way in Electric Trucks

The Future of Trucking in Australia

The road freight industry, also known as the trucking industry, is integral to the Australian economy. Although it was not spared by the global financial crisis, it still maintained an annual growth rate of 2.4% in the last five years. Today, the industry has approximately 41,000 businesses, which employ more than 250,000 people and pay more than $13 billion in annual wages.

The industry looks very solid at the moment and getting into trucking business looks like a brilliant move. However, for serious investors, the present situation alone is not enough to invest a significant amount of money. You also need to have a good idea of how the trucking industry would fair in the future.

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Trucks Through Time

Before the time of trains, horses ruled the roads, hauling goods across the country. Alongside these four-legged powerhouses were bullocks and camels by the thousands. While they did get the job done, you can only imagine how long each trip took and how much strain it put not only on the animals but on their human keepers, as well. Deliveries of goods, tools, and other needs took months and with the waiting in between each drop off, supplies often fell short. Continue reading Trucks Through Time

50 Truck Driving Positions To Be Filled Urgently

Over 1,000 workers have been made redundant due to the closure of a Holden plant in Adelaide, which triggered a job expo hosted by the Holden Job Centre for positions available in regional Victoria.

One particular logistics company, Porthhaul, have offered 50 truck driving positions and various other roles for ex-Holden employees to be filled urgently. Continue reading 50 Truck Driving Positions To Be Filled Urgently

Stay On Top of NHVR Fatigue Management Issues

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) recently sent out a memo to the trucking industry detailing the correct counting procedures and additions that drivers need to maintain in their work diaries.

The NHVR said that they were prompted to do so after they recently received a wave of calls from concerned truck drivers about how to count work time correctly. Under the law, truck drivers on standard hours can work 12 hours in a 24-hour block and those accredited with a Basic Fatigue Management may work for 14 hours.

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Stainless Steel: The Future For Livestock Transporters

The livestock transport industry is looking towards the use of stainless steel to build cattle and sheep trailers to extend the life of these transporters.

These animal transporters travel some of Australia’s roughest terrain and clock up millions of kilometres often spending hours on dirt tracks. Along with this the trailers face wear and tear from the actual animals, their waste and constant hosing down.

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