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WardsAuto reports April Class 8 sales drop 18.9 percent from 2015


Wednesday, May 11, 2016
by JACK WHITSETT

Western Star was the only OEM to record an increase from April 2015, with sales up 28.5 percent. (The Trucker file photo)
Western Star was the only OEM to record an increase from April 2015, with sales up 28.5 percent. (The Trucker file photo)

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. — April heavy truck sales dropped 18.9 percent from the same month last year and 17 percent from the previous month, WardsAuto reported today. Year-to-date, sales through April fell 10.3 percent from the first four months of 2015.

Freightliner again led all manufacturers with 6,358 units sold, a 38.2 percent market share, according to WardsAuto. Kenworth was second with 2,538 sold for a 15.3 percent share, followed by Peterbilt with 2,332, 14.0 percent; International with 1,893, 11.4 percent; Volvo with 1,828, 11.0 percent; Mack with 1,194, 7.2 percent;  and Western Star with 483,  2.9 percent.

Western Star was the only OEM to record an increase from April 2015, with sales up 28.5 percent. Year-over-year decreases ranged from Freightliner’s 4.9 percent drop to Volvo’s 32.6 percent decrease.

Volvo, however, led month-over-month with a 24.5 percent increase from March 2016. Western Star sales increased 1.7 percent from March and Peterbilt recorded a 0.2 percent rise. All other manufacturers decreased in sales from March to April, led by Mack’s 37.7 percent drop.

Year-to-date, Western Star increased 16.7 percent, followed by Freightliner at 0.4 percent. All other OEMs recorded decreases in sales for the year, led by Volvo with 34.2 percent.

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