Used truck Euro-6 demand to increase throughout 2019 and 2020

Demand for Euro-6 stock will increase throughout 2019 and 2020, says Scania sales director Andrew Jamieson.

“The used truck market in 2019 and 2020 will be very buoyant, with high demand for Euro-6, but there is a huge problem with the levels of stock,” he said. “The 10-year vehicle parc only has six and a half years of stock in it.”

Jamieson says initial reluctance for operators to buy new Euro-6 vehicles as well as slow economic conditions at the beginning of the decade have left the UK with a large shortfall in units.

Uncertainty over clean air zones has also stifled purchasing which will limit stock in the secondary markets in years to come.

Nevertheless, 2018 has been a strong year for Scania with sales almost on a par with 2017.

“We’re currently just 61 units behind, which is less than 1%. Volumes have been more volatile across all sectors. We have a 33.5% share in construction, tractors volumes have remained fairly static but we’ve taken a slightly bigger share of the market. But 3-axle rigids have taken a hit mainly through things like car transporter sales.”

LJX Tree Services takes on third Fuso Canter

Fuso Canter

Euro Commercials has delivered a third FUSO Canter to Auchterarder-based LJX Tree Services after the company saw an advert for pre-built Canters fitted with tree surgeon bodies.

Two 3.5-tonne Canter 3C13 and one 7.5-tonne Canter 7C15 have joined the LJX fleet, despite the company working more than 400 miles away from Euro Commercial’s South Wales dealership.

LJX Tree Services director Dan Kerr said: “The fact that there are 400 miles between us hasn’t been a problem. Euro Commercials has been able to provide us with the right trucks, at the right price, and, crucially, within short timeframes which have allowed us to maintain service levels to our customers – we’d have waited a lot longer if the vehicles had to be built from scratch.

“The Canter also has three full-sized seats,” said Kerr.

“This gives it a big advantage over one of its few competitors, which only has a small seat in the centre. It means we can send a team out, and they can all travel in safety and comfort. Unlike most vehicles in its weight segment, the 3.5-tonne Canter is not based on a van, so isn’t too flimsy for the job. It’s a proper little truck. The 7.5-tonner, meanwhile, is highly productive, due to its fantastic payload potential.”