Big truck sales slip in U.S., Canada

Big truck sales slip in U.S., Canada

Heavy-duty truck sales in the U.S. fell 13.7% in September, and four of the five medium- and heavy-duty weight classes in Canada recorded double-digit losses for the month, according to WardsAuto data.

In the U.S., deliveries of medium- and heavy-duty trucks hit 32,357 in September compared to 37,514 the previous year, WardsAuto reports. Losses in Classes 4 and 8 outweighed the gains in the rest of the segments, according to the report.

Class 8 continued to be the primary downfall, dropping 28.6% on 14,968 units vs. 20,978 year-ago. Daimler’s Freightliner and Western Star were off 36.1% and 11.2%, respectively. Kenworth (-17.7%) and Peterbilt (-23.5%) brought PACCAR down 20.3%. Through nine months, Class 8 was 21.2% below like-2015 on volume of 149,473 units.

Overall medium-duty sales fell 5.2% on 17,389 units delivered in September. Year-to-date, the group fell 7.7% versus the first nine months of 2015.

In Canada, Class 8 sales totaled 2,124 vehicles, 26.9% less than prior-year, as all brands saw declines. Freightliner (-36.4%) and Western Star (-17.9%) brought their parent company, Daimler, down 32.5%. PACCAR’s Kenworth and Peterbilt undersold like-2015 by 20.3% and 32.6%, respectively. Mack and Volvo, combined, fell 31.2%.

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