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November Class 8 truck sales 2.4% higher than prior month but lag far behind '15 numbers


Tuesday, December 13, 2016
by The Trucker Staff

Freightliner sales were up 26.7 percent in November compared with October. Pictured is the Freightliner Cascadia Evolution. (Courtesy: DAIMLER TRUCKS NORTH AMERICA)
Freightliner sales were up 26.7 percent in November compared with October. Pictured is the Freightliner Cascadia Evolution. (Courtesy: DAIMLER TRUCKS NORTH AMERICA)

November Class 8 truck sales were 2.4 percent higher than the previous month, but year-to-date sales lag far, far behind 2015, which posted the biggest sales total since 2006.

According to WardsAuto, 13,943 Class 8 tractors were sold in the United States compared with 13,618 in October.

Year-over-year sales for November were down 27.5 percent in 2016 compared with November 2015 and total sales for the first 11 months of 2016 were down 22.4 percent (177,034 compared with 228,024.)

Total annual sales will fall below the 200,000 mark for the first time since 2013.

October to November the two Daimler Trucks North America nameplates showed significant increases.

Freightliner sold 5,538 units in November compared with 4,371 in October (up 26.7 percent) and Western Star was up 24.8 percent with 403 sales in November compared with 323 in October.

Volvo was the only other OEM with a gain in November over October at 2.6 percent.

For the year, only Western Star has posted a sales gain at 3.5 percent.

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