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Class 8 truck sales drop 27.4% from December; down 6.8% from January 2012

Only the Daimler nameplates — Freightliner (shown above) and Western Star — showed sales increases over December. (The Trucker file photo)

The Trucker Staff

2/12/2013

Sales of Class 8 trucks in the United States didn’t exactly get off to a rousing start in 2013.

Ward’s Automotive reported Tuesday that sales of the largest class of trucks totaled 13,158, a drop of 27.4 percent from December 2012 and a 6.8 percent decline from January 2012.

Only the Daimler nameplates — Freightliner and Western Star — showed sales increases over December.

Freightliner sold 5,868 trucks in January compared with 5,486 in December, and Western Star sold 317 trucks in December compared with 279 in December.

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As evidence of the decline in sales for other nameplates, Freightliner’s market share, which usually is in the mid-30’s range, was 44.6 percent in January.

The next closest in total sales was International with 1,959 trucks sold, but that was still a 26.6 percent decrease from December.

Other January/December comparisons include Peterbilt (1,580/2,687), Kenworth (1,534/2,807), Volvo (1,037/2,400) and Mack (860/1,802).

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