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Class 8 Sales Increase in January

Posted by Genie Wood on Fri, Feb 11, 2011 @ 05:20 AM



Heavy-duty truck sales increased by 25 percent in January, compared to the year before.


According to figures released by Ward's Automotive, Class 8 sales totaled 9,236 trucks in the United States last month. In January 2010, only 7,387 heavy-duty trucks were sold. The year-over-year improvement was the 13th consecutive as the industry continues to recover from the 2009 sales hole.


January sales were off 21.3 percent compared to December 2010. Historically month-to-month declines at the beginning of the year are common.


Daimler Trucks North America's Freightliner nameplate led the field, selling 3,170 trucks last month, a seven percent decline from December but a 40.5 percent year-over-year improvement. Navistar was the runner up with 2,276 International brand trucks, gaining 2.8 percent from the previous month and 3.9 percent from January 2010.


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