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April truck sales up over March, down year-over-year

Jason Cannon May 13, 2013

Class 8 sales fell 11.1 percent in April on declines at International (34.2 percent), and PACCAR, which fell 22.6 percent driven by slowdowns at Kenworth and Peterbilt.

Class 8′s largest gainer was Daimler’s Western Star, which exploded for 54.9 percent growth, according to Ward’s Automotive.

This month versus last, all heavy-duty nameplates with the exception of Western Star posted a sales increase, led by a 52.2 percent increase from Volvo (1,689 vs. 1,110), a 22.9 percent increase from Kenworth (2,137 vs. 1,739) and a 22.3 percent increase from International (2,345 vs. 1,918).

Year-to-date, only Freightliner and Western Star show increases this year versus last year. Freightliner is up 8.7 percent on sales of 22,198 in 2013 vs. 20,415 in 2012, and Western Star 38.3 percent (1,028 vs. 743 units).

Freightliner maintained its stranglehold on market share with 40.8 percent this year.

The largest declines came from International (35.5 percent) and Kenworth (27.7 percent).

Sales of medium-duty sales climbed 20 percent last month, with Class 7 registering a 2.9 percent gain and Class 6 up 37.2 percent.

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