Truck sales up sharply In first half of 2010

Retail sales of commercial trucks rebounded nicely in the first six months of this year, according to figures compiled by Wards Communications.

Truck dealers sold almost three million trucks through the end of June, including 172,853 with gross vehicle weight ratings above 10,000 pounds. Sales of Class 3-8 trucks were up 17% compared with the first half of 2009. June sales were particularly strong, up 29% when compared with June 2009.

Class 6 trucks (GVW ratings of 16,501-26,000 pounds) were the fastest rising segment during the first half of this year, up 51% from the corresponding period of 2009. Class 3 trucks (GVW ratings of 10,001-14,000 pounds also had an excellent first half, gaining 32%.

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