Truck sales break skid in 2010

Retail truck sales were up significantly in 2010, according to figures compiled by Ward’s Automotive Group.
It marked the first gain since the pre-buy of diesel powered trucks caused by the stringent emissions regulations that took effect in 2007.
Overall, truck sales were up 19% from their 2009 levels. Class 3 trucks (10,000 to 14,000 pounds GVWR) led the way with a 45% increase. Other strong performers included Class 5 (16,001-19,500 pounds GVWR), up 29%, and Class 6 (19,501-26,000 pounds), up 32% compared with 2009.
Classes 3-8, the heart of the commercial truck business, combined to post a 22% gain. Please see table for details.

Retail truck sales
2009 vs. 2010


GVW class

2010

2009

% change

1

4,244,602

3,527,911

20%

2

1,513,041

1,305,821

16%

3

161,442

111,704

45%

4

12,081

19,858

-39%

5

30,976

23,942

29%

6

29,143

22,001

32%

7

38,350

39,087

-2%

8

107,152

94,798

13%

Total

6,136,787

5,145,122

19%

Classes 3-8

379,144

311,390

22%

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