Heavy-duty truck sales in June improved 12.7 percent from May, and continued to show the expected improvement from the year before.
According to figures provided to The Trucker by Ward’s Automotive, June Class 8 sales totaled 8,896 trucks in the United States, up from 7,895 trucks the month before. Sales improved 11.1 percent compared to June 2009, the sixth consecutive month of year-over-year gains — although the rate of improvement is below the average of 13.3 percent for the year so far.
Of course, the comparisons for 2010 versus 2009 should be put in perspective: last year was the worst for big trucks on Ward’s books going to be 1985. Indeed, other than last year, fewer trucks were sold last month than in any June since 1991.
Compared to the 2006 record year in which 140,209 Class 8 trucks were sold in the first six months, sales this year are off 65 percent on 49,257 trucks year-to-date.
In a brand-by-brand look at the most recent Ward’s figures, Navistar sold 2,884 International brand trucks to top all Class 8 nameplates in June, a 7.5 percent improvement from May and a 4.8 percent increase from the year before.
Daimler Trucks North America’s Freightliner sold 2,658 Class 8 trucks in June, up 19 percent from the previous month, and up 37.4 percent from June 2009.
PACCAR nameplates Peterbilt and Kenworth, respectively, sold 877 trucks (up 13 percent from May, and down 15.4 percent from 2009) and 823 trucks (down 13.6 percent from May, and down 7.6 percent from 2009).
Volvo Group’s Mack Trucks Inc. was down 1.9 percent from the previous month on 614 trucks sold in June, and down 1.4 percent from the year before, while Volvo Trucks North America was up an impressive 69.1 percent compared to May and up 77.6 percent compared to 2009, with 776 Class 8 trucks sold.
Month-to-month numbers, it should be noted, can vary greatly — especially between quarters or from year’s end — depending on an OEM’s sales incentives, large fleet deals and reporting procedures.
The U.S. market share pie chart through the first six months shows Freightliner as the top selling brand with a 32.1 percent slice of Class 8, followed by International at 28.9 percent. Peterbilt’s share is 11.6 percent and Kenworth holds 10 percent, followed by Volvo (7.9 percent) and Mack (7.8 percent).
Freightliner has been the big gainer so far this year, with its share improving 503 basis points from 27 percent 12 months ago.
Kevin Jones of The Trucker staff can be reached for comment at email@example.com.
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