Work Truck Solutions released its Q2 2023 Commercial Vehicle Market Analysis. According to its findings, the commercial vehicle market continues to grow with significant upward trends in inventory and sales.
• New average on-lot inventory per dealer experienced strong growth, up 24.8% Quarter-over-Quarter (QoQ) and 70.5% Year-over-Year (YoY). Continuing demand, as stated in the press release, combined with increasing inventory suggests we can expect sales to grow throughout the balance of 2023.
• Evidence of the turmoil in the automotive supply chain over the last year is seen in the dramatic 35.3% YoY used on-lot inventory per dealer increase, the company notes.
• EV on-lot inventory also saw an upward trend with a 9.7% QoQ increase in new Hybrid/Electric commercial vehicles per dealer, and a 13.3% increase YoY.
• Average prices of new commercial vehicles fell 2.1% QoQ after experiencing three straight quarters of increase, but according to WTS findings, average prices YoY were still up 3.4%.
• Average prices of used commercial vehicles showed an increase of 2.1% QoQ but a 7.6% YoY drop.
• Sales of new vehicles increased by 20.8% in both QoQ and YoY. The large influx of inventory hitting lots in Q1 was likely responsible for the increased movement in Q2, noted in the company’s findings, as dealers could fulfill more of the pent-up demand for work trucks and vans.
• Used vehicle sales also had a strong showing when examining YoY numbers, with average sales of work trucks/vans per dealer increasing 42.3% YoY, but a slight drop QoQ of 3.0%. The fact that YoY used work trucks and vans posted such positive sales numbers, despite the median mileage climbing 5.0% YoY demonstrates their important position in the commercial market.
• Hybrid/EV sales have remained cautiously steady over the last five quarters, showing a decent appetite for alt-fuel options within the market. However, lagging availability and minimal charging infrastructure continue to contribute to a somewhat guarded adoption by business owners, Work Truck Solutions said.
Days to Turn
• After three straight quarters of increasing Days to Turn (DTT) for new vehicles overall, data showed a slight dip with a 2.3% QoQ decrease, while the YoY DTT increased by 48.2%.
• Used vehicle movement also improved in Q2 with an average DTT QoQ decrease of 9.6%, although YoY DTT increased by 25%.