When is not-so-good news but not so-bad news, either?
The answer: The September report on the sales of Class 8 trucks in the United States.
For the record, September sales declined 4.7 percent to 20,972 from August’s number of 21,998, but September sales continued the march toward the best year since 2006.
According to data provided by WardsAuto, through September annual sales totaled 189,541, a 25.9 percent gain over 2014.
Every nameplate with the exception of International has posted a gain in 2015 with Kenworth leading the way at 48.8 percent, followed closely by Western Star at 48.4 percent. International’s decline was only 2 percent.
As for September, every OEM posted a drop in sales with the exception of Mack, which was up 2.6 percent.
Freightliner continued its dominance of the Class 8 market, posting a 38.3 percent share in September and a 37.6 percent share for the year.
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