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February Class 8 U.S. sales up 15.4 percent

With sales of 4,403 year-to-date compared with 2,599 for the same period last year, International sales are up 69.4 percent this year. Pictured is the International LT series. (Courtesy: NAVISTAR)

 

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

by THE TRUCKER STAFF

 

Class 8 truck sales in the United States continued a strong upward trend in February.

According to WardsAuto, 16,687 Class 8 units were sold in February compared with 14,458 in January, an increase of 15.4 percent.

More impressive, however, is the fact that year-to-date, sales are up a whopping 40.6 percent over the same two months of 2017.

A total of 31,145 units were sold during the first two months of 2018 compared with 22,144 during the same period last year.

Volvo showed the biggest gain in February over January, selling 1,973 units in February compared with 1,266 in January, a gain of 55 percent.

Kenworth had a 24 percent gain, selling 2,100 units in February compared with 1,693 in January.

All OEMs are showing gains when comparing year-to-date 2018 to the same timeframe last year.

International showed the largest gain, having sold 4,403 units in 2018 compared with 2,599 during the same period in 2017, an increase of 69.4 percent.

The chart below shows 2018 over 2017 gains for all OEMs.

 

YTD YTD 2017 YTD 2018 % chg.
Freightliner 8,387 11,538 37.6%
Mack 2,175 2,422 11.4%
International 2,599 4,403 69.4%
Kenworth 2,519 3,793 50.6%
Peterbilt 3,678 4,990 35.7%
Volvo 2,226 3,239 45.5%
Western Star 553 751 35.8%
Other 7 9 28.6%
Total 22,144 31,145 40.6%
Change 9,001
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