There seems to be no let up in the Medium/Heavy truck sector, to the extent that Isuzu is no longer claiming to be the world's number one truck manufacturer. Output in May tumbled by 35.1% to 40,552 from 62,528, which took the YTD deficit to 29.3% at 251,162 from 355,423.

Isuzu has not been the worst hit in volume terms, but whereas Toyota has seen output tumble by 37,803 units, they build at the lower end of the spectrum. Toyota were the sector leaders before their 36.1% decline to 66,966 from 104,769, but Isuzu builds the bigger trucks and their drop to 79,586 from 90,726 brings more pain than the pleasure of being at the top of the table might have brought. Nissan, hard pushed in almost every other area, is the one manufacturer building more this year than last, at 34,745 from 31,288.