On the surface, April’s U.S. Class 8 truck sales rose an impressive 19.4 percent over the previous month, but year-to-date sales reflect a dismal 14.6 percent decline from 2012 and the April 2013 sales total was 7.4 percent lower than April 2012, all according to data compiled by Ward’s Automotive.
Based on a less-than-stellar March 2013, every nameplate with the exception of Western Star posted a sales increase in April, topped by a 52.2 percent increase by Volvo (1,689 vs. 1,110), a 22.9 percent increase by Kenworth (2,137 vs. 1,739) and a 22.3 percent increase by International (2,345 vs. 1,918).
Year-to-date, only nameplates Freightliner and Western Star show increases in 2013 over year-to-date 2012. Freightliner is up 8.7 percent on sales of 22,198 in 2013 vs. 20,415 in 2012, and Western Star 38.3 percent (1,028 vs. 743).
The largest declines were International (35.5 percent) and Kenworth (27.7 percent).
Freightliner continues to dominate market share in 2013 at 40.8 percent.
Most trucking stakeholders have predicted that 2013 U.S. sales would top the 2012 total of 194,715 by 2 to 3 percent.
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