Class 8 truck sales in the United States during September increased 2.9 percent over August, but perhaps as much — or maybe more — 2017 year-to-date sales surpassed 2016, according to data provided by WardsAuto.
September sales were 18 percent over the same month last year and sales of 50,150 for July, August and September in 2017 were 10.7 percent better than the 45,315 sold in the same time period in 2016.
The three months brought the total sold in 2017 to 134,472 compared with 133,211 sold to date in 2016.
If the current trend of healthy monthly increases continues, total sales in 2017 will easily pass the 192,663 sold in 2016.
September was a month of ups and downs for OEMs, with only Freightliner and Kenworth posting gains over the previous month.
Freightliner sold 7,252 units in September compared with 5,848 in August, a 24 percent jump.
Kenworth sold 2,689 units in September compared with 2,427 in august, a 10.8 percent gain.
International showed the biggest decline, selling 1,995 units in September compared with 2,751 in August,