Sales of Class 8 trucks in the United States in March continued the push toward a very strong showing with 2018 year-to-date sales up 36.8 percent over the same period in 2017.
A total of 19,384 units were sold in March, bringing the year-to-date total to 50,529 compared with 36,937 for the first three months of 2017.
March sales in 2018 were up 31 percent over March 2017 when 14,793 units were sold.
All nameplates showed a gain in March over February except International.
On the positive side, however, International has posted a 62.9 percent gain year-to-date and a 50.9 percent gain over the same month last year.
WardsAuto data show the Illinois-based OEM has sold 6,546 trucks so far this year compared with 4,019 for the same time period in 2017, and sold 2,143 trucks in March compared with 1,420 in March 2017.
Kenworth had the largest gain with March sales of 2,908, up 38.5 percent over February sales of 2,100.
Freightliner had the second largest gain, selling 7,508 units in March compared to 6,310 in February, a gain of 19 percent.
Freightliner also continues to lead in market share for both March 2018 (38.7 percent) and year-to-date (37.7 percent).
Based on preliminary order data for March, the sales figure will continue to climb.
Two major publishers of commercial vehicle data reported strong preliminary North American Class 8 orders for March.
ACT Research reported 46,900 North American Class 8 orders and FTR reported 46,300.