Leyland: better with attics
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• Leyland Trucks is detemined to improve upon its poor performance in the UK heavy tractive unit market, sales and marketing director Gavin Barlas told journalists last week.
Speaking at the Tipcon exhibition in Harrogate, Barlas acknowledged that Leyland's overall sales recovery to win market leadership from the beginning of this year masks its poorer standing in the over-28 tonne tractive unit market.
However, he insisted that Leyland is totally committed to remaining as a full-line manufacturer. "Because we know what has happened to others who have not."
Barlas added: "We're going to come back in a big way in the tractive unit market" Industry figures show how much ground Leyland needs to make up in the tractive unit market.
In the first four months of this year, it was in fifth place with 9.6% of the market, behind Volvo (18.1%), Scania (16.5%), Daf (13.6%) and Mercedes-Benz (10.4%). It was followed closely by ERF (8.5%) and Seddon Atkinson (6%).