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Truck deliveries January-August 2006

Total deliveries of trucks from the Volvo Group’s three truck companies increased 3% through August this year, compared with the year-earlier period. Deliveries from Mack rose 5%, while deliveries from Renault Trucks were up 10%.
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Deliveries from Volvo Trucks decreased 3% during the period. Excluding Middle East, deliveries for Volvo Trucks rose by 11%.

Total deliveries by market for the Volvo Group’s truck companies (Mack, Renault Trucks and Volvo Trucks):

Delivered Units

Year-to-Date

Change

Volvo Group

2006

2005

 

Europe

73 833

65 369

13%

    Western Europe

63 361

57 993

9%

    Eastern Europe

10 472

7 376

42%

North America

46 660

42 043

11%

South America

7 669

7 347

4%

Asia

7 362

17 567

-58%

    Middle East

4 636

15 097

-69%

    Other Asia

2 726

2 470

10%

Other markets

6 442

5 656

14%

Total Volvo Group

141 966

137 982

3%


Mack
Deliveries from Mack through August totalled 24,863 units, up 5% from the same period a year ago. Supply chain capacity has become an issue in light of the historically high demand for trucks ahead of the US'07 emission regulations coming in January.

Deliveries by market area:

Delivered Units

Year-to-Date

Change

Mack

2006

2005

 

North America

21 976

21 307

3%

South America

1 964

1 456

35%

Asia

72

101

-29%

    Middle East

 

99

 

    Other Asia

72

2

 

Other markets

851

811

5%

Total Mack

24 863

23 675

5%

Renault Trucks
Deliveries through August totalled 51,351 trucks, a rise of 10% compared with the year-earlier period. The strongest increase comes from the heavy duty trucks (+21%), mainly due to the Renault Premium range (+29%), which is receiving very good interest from the customers in terms of cost efficiency and driving comfort.

Deliveries by market area: 

Delivered Units

Year-to-Date

 

Change

Renault Trucks

2006

2005

 

Europe

43 895

38 390

14%

    Western Europe

39 284

35 101

12%

    Eastern Europe

4 611

3 289

40%

North America

487

239

104%

South America

870

553

57%

Asia

2 721

4 920

-45%

    Middle East

2 458

4 693

-48%

    Other Asia

263

227

16%

Other markets

3 378

2 733

24%

Total Renault Trucks

51 351

46 835

10%

Volvo Trucks
Volvo Trucks’ deliveries during the period January-August amounted to 65,752 vehicles, a decrease of 3% compared with the year-earlier period. Excluding Iran, deliveries rose by 11%. In the North American market, deliveries were up 18% to 24,197. Deliveries in Europe increased 11% and amounted to 29,938. In Poland and Russia, the demand was highly significant and deliveries rose by 70% (1,299) and 77% (1,269) respectively. The positive trend also continued in Germany and Italy, where the number of Volvo trucks delivered amounted to 2,771 (+18%) and 2,048 (+48%), respectively.

Deliveries by market area: 

Delivered Units

Year-to-Date

Change

Volvo Trucks

2006

2005

 

Europe

29 938

26 979

11%

    Western Europe

24 077

22 892

5%

    Eastern Europe

5 861

4 087

43%

North America

24 197

20 497

18%

South America

4 835

5 338

-9%

Asia

4 569

12 546

-64%

    Middle East

2 178

10 305

-79%

    Other Asia

2 391

2 241

7%

Other markets

2 213

2 112

5%

Total Volvo Trucks

65 752

67 472

-3%

September 22, 2006 

For further information, please contact:

Media Relations
Bernard Lancelot, Renault Trucks, +33 4 72 96 27 59
Bob Martin, Mack, +1 (610) 709-2670
Claes Claeson, Volvo Trucks, +46 31-66 39 08

Investor Relations
Joakim Wahlström, AB Volvo, +46 31 66 11 91
Christer Johansson, AB Volvo, +46 31 66 13 34