Class 8 sales can’t snap funk

The skid in sales of Class 8 trucks stretched to 16 consecutive months in July, as sales for the month fell 36.1 percent to 11,184 units.

Year to date sales of Class 8 trucks are off 38.8 percent to 85,185 units.

The entire medium- and heavy-duty truck segment continues to be plagued with sales declines. Sales of medium- and heavy-duty trucks totaled 27,562 units in July, down 24.4 percent compared with the same month last year. For the year to date, sales are down 27.9 percent to 213,982 units.

Only Chevrolet and Mitsubishi Fuso were able to post sales gains in July. Chevrolet was up 1.8 percent, and Mitsubishi gained 16.1 percent.

Heavy-truck segment leader Freightliner Corp., which is owned by DaimlerChrysler, saw its July sales fall 12.6 percent to 7,202 units. For the year to date, Freightliner sales are off 27.4 percent to 48,410 units.

International, the segment’s second-largest company, saw its July sales fall 16 percent to 6,022 units. For the first seven months of this year, International’s sales are down 27.5 percent to 45,488 units.

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