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Class 8 truck sales up slightly in March over February; year-to-date data lagging

Strong months by Mack and Kenworth dropped Freightliner’s market share back into the 30 percent-plus range, where it normally is during the year.

The Trucker Staff

4/11/2013

U.S. Class 8 trucks sales showed a slight increase in March over February, but the good news was tempered a bit when total year-to-year data is compared.

According to Ward’s Automotive, 13,101 Class 8 trucks were sold in March, 4.4 percent more than the February total of 12,546.

However, when comparing year-to-date totals, the 38,805 Class 8 truck sales in the U.S. during the first three months of the year was 17.6 percent below sales during the January, February and March of 2012, which reached 46,845.

The March 2013 total was 24.3 percent below the March 2012 total of 17,308.

On an annualized basis, the data for the first three months of 2013 would equal less than 160,000 trucks sold for the entire year.

Most trucking industry executives have predicted that 2013 sales would be on par or slightly more than the 194,715 sold in 2012.

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As usual, the Freightliner nameplate sold the most trucks in March at 5,061 for a 38.6 percent market share.

Freightliner’s market share the first two months had been in the mid-40s, but strong months by Mack and Kenworth dropped the Daimler product’s share back into the 30 percent-plus range, where it normally is during the year.

Here are the total sales for March by nameplate compared with February:

Freightliner — 5,061/5,406

International — 1,918/1,851

Peterbilt — 1,862/1,638

Kenworth — 1,739/1,442

Mack — 1,121/781

Volvo — 1,110/1,266

Western Star — 286/162

Other — 4/0    

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