Retail sales of medium- and heavy-duty trucks sales climbed in August from the month before, and Class 8 continued to lead the market by posting huge gains compared to a year ago, according to figures compiled by Wards Intelligence.
Dealers sold 70,255 trucks with gross vehicle weight ratings above 10,000 pounds last month, up 11% from July. By weight, the totals were 24,942 in Class 3 (+8%); 1,727 in Class 4 (+20%), 7,247 in Class 5 (+18%); 5,490 in Class 6 (-7%), the lone slip; 6,906 in Class 7 (+13%); and 23,913 in Class 8 (+16%).
Compared to sales in August 2017 the totals were up 9%, with Class 8 running 39% ahead of last year. Class 3, however, posted a decrease from a year ago, down 4%.
For the first eight months of the year, medium- and heavy-duty truck sales were up 9% compared with 2017, again led by Class 8 and its 32% improvement. And, again, only Class 3 (-5%) has posted a decline in the YTD total.
Share the gallery of sales charts by using the widgets above. Look for similar reports and find other articles on sales and production figures for the commercial truck and trailer industry under the "Market Stats" link in the top-left dropdown menu.