Medium-, heavy-duty truck sales slip

Jason Cannon

April 17, 2013

Medium and heavy truck sales were down nearly 10 percent in March over the same period a year ago, according to WardsAuto.

Dealers moved 49,206 units in classes 3-8 pounds during the month, down slightly from the 51,734 sold the year before, but higher than the 42,331 units sold in February.

Class 8 sales slid 21.5 percent compared to the same month last year, moving 13,101 units compared to 17,308 in 2012. 

While Daimler’s Western Star posted a 63 percent increase, it was on small volumes. Volvo Truck suffered the biggest plunge in heavy-truck sales in March, down 45.9 percent, due to the 60.5 percent falloff in its namesake brand.

Class 7 sales tumbled 24.1 percent, with UD Trucks and International each recording declines of about 60 percent, WardsAuto reported. Hino enjoyed the best growth in the month, up 56.4 percent, but on just 175 units. PACCAR sales jumped 14.6 percent.

Through March, sales of medium- and heavy-duty trucks were running 9.3 percent behind like-2012, with 75,423 units vs. 83,181.

In Class 6, Daimler overtook Navistar as volume leader.

Ford’s 216 units, up from just 10 last year, powered a jump in Class 4 sales – the only class to see a sales increase. Also moving units was Isuzu, with sales of its domestically built models jumping 41.2 percent. 

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