Class 8 numbers drag down February sales

Jason Cannon

March 18, 2013

Medium- and heavy-duty truck sales fell 3.9 percent in February, with Class 8 anchoring the decline, WardsAuto data shows.

Class 8 deliveries slid 15.2 percent to 12,546 units as International, PACCAR and Volvo Trucks each saw double-digit percentage declines.

Through February, sales of medium- and heavy-duty trucks in the U.S. ran 3.2 percent below the same period year-ago. Class 8 volume alone is down 13 percent year-to-date.

Year-over-year, Kenworth was the hardest hit in February, dropping 38.4 percent.

No Class 8 manufacturer posted positive growth, but Daimler’s Freightliner brand saw the smallest decrease versus last year, down only 2.2 percent. Freightliner’s marketshare also got a shot in the arm, up to 43.1 percent from 37.4 percent in February 2012.

The medium duty market moved 12,270 units, up 11.3 percent from year-ago.

Class 7 sales were flat, up 0.3 percent at 3,377 trucks.

UD Trucks’ imported models gained slightly, WardsAuto data showed, while Kenworth again took the biggest plunge, down 52.8 percent, and Ford sales fell 43.5 percent.

International dipped 3.3 percent vs. February 2012, falling further behind segment leader Freightliner, which saw sales climb 27.1 percent.

Boosted by a 341.4 percent gain at Ford, Class 6 recorded the largest increase of any large-truck group last month. Ford sold 822 Class 6 units vs. 194 in the second month of last year.

Class 5 sales grew 5.6 percent last month, mostly on the heels of growth at Isuzu, International and Ford. Chrysler and PACCAR each posted declines of near 50 percent.

Heavy-duty inventories held at 62 days’ supply, but actual units in stock declined to 32,620 from 38,219 last year.

Medium-duty supplies fell to 70 days’, down from 82. Inventories, according to WardsAuto, declined to 35,955 units from 37,546 the year before.

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