Thursday, October 19, 2017

Mixed bag for Class 8 truck sales although April 2nd-highest month so far


Wednesday, May 10, 2017
by THE TRUCKER STAFF

Kenworth had the largest month-over-month sales increase in April, selling 2,323 units compared with 2,112 in March. Pictured is the “driver’s studio” of a Kenworth T680. (Courtesy: KENWORTH TRUCK CO.)
Kenworth had the largest month-over-month sales increase in April, selling 2,323 units compared with 2,112 in March. Pictured is the “driver’s studio” of a Kenworth T680. (Courtesy: KENWORTH TRUCK CO.)

The news is mixed with respect to sales of Class 8 trucks in April.

To wit, according to WardsAuto, April was the second highest sales month, but on the down side:

  • April 2017 sales were 16.9 percent below the same month last year
  • April 2017 sales were 6.5 percent below the previous month, and
  • April 2017 numbers brought the total sales for the first four months of the year to 50,763, or 25.9 percent below the same period last year when sales were 68,492.

Comparing April 2017 to the previous month three OEMs posted gains — Kenworth up 10 percent, International up 8.1 percent and Peterbilt up 4.2 percent.

Mack was down 36 percent, Volvo was down 25.2 percent, Freightliner was down 6.7 percent and Western Star was down 3.4 percent.

Year-to-date, all seven nameplates are down in 2017.

Freightliner leads in market share in 2017 at 35.9 percent, Peterbilt is second at 16.2 percent.

A Class 8 truck is any vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating exceeding 33,000, which would include everything from dump trucks, fire engines and concrete trucks to on-highway trucks.

WardsAuto does not break out numbers for Class 8 on-highway trucks vs. Class 8 vocational trucks.

 

 

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