Sales of Class 8 trucks in the United States didn’t exactly get off to a rousing start in 2013.
Ward’s Automotive reported Tuesday that sales of the largest class of trucks totaled 13,158, a drop of 27.4 percent from December 2012 and a 6.8 percent decline from January 2012.
Only the Daimler nameplates — Freightliner and Western Star — showed sales increases over December.
Freightliner sold 5,868 trucks in January compared with 5,486 in December, and Western Star sold 317 trucks in December compared with 279 in December.
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As evidence of the decline in sales for other nameplates, Freightliner’s market share, which usually is in the mid-30’s range, was 44.6 percent in January.
The next closest in total sales was International with 1,959 trucks sold, but that was still a 26.6 percent decrease from December.
Other January/December comparisons include Peterbilt (1,580/2,687), Kenworth (1,534/2,807), Volvo (1,037/2,400) and Mack (860/1,802).
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