Sales of heavy-duty vans have grown as demand for parcel deliveries reached new records during coronavirus lockdowns.
While the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter maintained its sales lead, the LDV Deliver 9 is now the second-biggest selling van in the heavy duty class acccording to figures released by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries.
New-car sales data for September 2021 shows there were 254 examples of the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter reported as sold last month, versus 239 examples of the LDV Deliver 9 (the second-best month for the model that has been on sale locally for less than 12 months).
The milestone for the largest Chinese van on sale in Australia comes as demand for delivery vans grows amid a spike in home shopping during coronavirus lockdowns.
Sales data shows demand for heavy duty delivery vans increased by 45 per cent last month – and up by 39 per cent in the first nine months of 2021 compared to the same period the previous year.
The LDV Deliver 9 capitalised on severe stock shortages affecting other popular models such as the Ford Transit Heavy (down 14 per cent in September), Volkswagen Crafter (down 29 per cent), and Renault Master (down 26 per cent).
While most large heavy-duty European-sourced vans start from in excess of $50,000, the LDV Deliver 9 ranges from $39,990 drive-away to $48,300 drive-away.
Joshua Dowling has been a motoring journalist for more than 20 years, spending most of that time working for The Sydney Morning Herald (as motoring editor and one of the early members of the Drive team) and News Corp Australia. He joined CarAdvice / Drive in late 2018, and has been a World Car of the Year judge for 10 years.