Sales of new Class 8 tractors in May reached 21,501, marking the third consecutive month that sales have topped the 20,000 mark, the first time that has happened since the boom years of 2005 and 2006 when sales topped 20,000 in 2005 for 10 straight months and in 2006 for 11 straight months.
May 2015’s number was a 4.8 percent increase over April 2015, and was 19.5 percent higher compared with May 2014.
In the past three months, sales of new Class 8 tractors have totaled 62,635 and the 2015 to-date total of 97,819 is 3,021 more units that were sold in all of 2009.
Annualized, if the current pace it maintained, 2015 sales will easily outpace last year when just over 220,000 tractors were sold.
As is the norm, Freightliner led all nameplates.
The May significance is that the Daimler product sold 8,254 tractors, the highest monthly total ever for the Portland, Ore.-based company.
Freightliner’s May sales were 23.4 percent higher than April and offset declines by all other OEMS with the exception of Volvo and Western Star.
Volvo sold 2,799 trucks in May compared with 2,712 in April and Western Star, also a Daimler product, sold 391 trucks in May compared with 376 in April.
Freightliner has increased its year-to-date market share by 1.8 percentage points.
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