Heavy duty truck sales ticked upward from a year ago to start the New Year, but a decline from the previous month marked the end of consecutive improvements dating to last summer.
According to figures provided to The Trucker by Ward’s Automotive, January Class 8 sales totaled 7,387 trucks in the United States, up from 7,374 trucks in January 2009. The 0.2 percent gain was first year-over-year improvement since December 2008, as 2009 truck sales trailed the year before in every month, finishing 29 percent lower.
In a less positive comparison, January sales were off 36 percent compared to December 2009, the first month-to-month decline since August, and the largest since January a year ago, which fell 42.2 percent.
In a brand-by-brand look at the most recent figures, Daimler Trucks North America’s Freightliner nameplate led the field, selling 2,256 trucks in January, a 38.4 percent decline from December and a 10.7 percent slip from the year before.
Navistar sold 2,191 International brand trucks, declining 15.8 percent from the previous month, but up 3.8 percent from January 2009.
PACCAR nameplates Peterbilt and Kenworth sold 850 trucks (down 42.3 percent from December) and 727 trucks (down 56.1 percent), respectively.
Volvo Group’s Mack Trucks Inc. was down 50 percent from the previous month on 553 trucks sold in January, while Volvo Trucks North America was down 19.3 percent for the month, with 672 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 and reporting procedures.
The U.S. market share pie chart for the first month of the year shows Freightliner as the top selling brand with a 30.5 percent slice of Class 8, edging International (29.7 percent). Peterbilt’s share is 11.5 percent and Kenworth holds 9.8 percent, followed by Volvo (9.1 percent) and Mack (7.5 percent).
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