May Class 8 truck sales total 24,424, a 1.7% gain over April

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Western Star posted the largest month-over-month gain with a 24.6% increase in sales ini May compared to April. (Courtesy: DAIMLER TRUCKS NORTH AMERICA)

There were ups and oops when Wards Intelligence released data on the sale of new Class 8 trucks in May.

On the up side, 2019 marked the first time since the boom year of 2006 that total Class 8 sales topped the 100,000 mark after only five months of the year as May sales were up 27.2% over the same month last year.

On the oops side, the month-over-month gain of 1.7% followed more significant month-over-month gains of 15% in March and 5.2% in April.

In all, there were 24,424 Class 8 trucks sold in May, bringing the yearly total to 111,332 compared with 88,674 after five months in 2018, a 25.6% bump.

Four of the seven nameplates posted month-over-month gains in May topped by Western Star (24.6%) and Volvo (23.8%).

All seven were up when compared with May 2018, led by Peterbilt (46.5%) and Freightliner (40.8).

Year-to-date, International has the largest increase (36.2%) followed by Freightliner (34.3%).

 

 

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