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Class 8 sales start new year poorly

Jason Cannon February 14, 2013

Sales of Class 8 trucks in the U.S. certainly aren’t ringing in the new year. 

A report from Ward’s Automotive this week revealed sales of heavy-duty trucks totaled 13,158 – a drop of 27.4 percent from December and a 6.8 percent decline from January 2012.

Freightliner and Western Star were the only two brands to show an increase in volume over December. 

Freightliner, the report says, sold 5,868 units in January compared to 5,486 in December. Western Star sold 317 trucks in December versus 279 in December. Western Star’s sales volume was the lowest among the major brands.

Bringing up second place total sales for January was International with 1,959 units, but that represented a 26.6 percent decrease from the month prior.

Driven at least partially by the low number of total units sold,  Freightliner’s market share surged to 44.6 percent last month. 

Peterbilt’s 1,580 units sold last month was the third highest volume but represents a decrease of 1,107 units from the month before. Kenworth followed closely behind with 1,534 units compared to 2,807 in December. Volvo’s entry followed with 1,037 trucks sold compared to 2,400 and December. Mack sold 860 trucks in January compared to 1,802 the month before.

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