Sales of commercial trucks were strong in April, with Class 7 medium-duty trucks leading the way.
Medium- and heavy-duty truck sales totaled 33,884 units in April, up 3.6 percent from April 1996. Sales of heavy-duty Class 8 trucks in April totaled 15,826, edging up 0.6 percent over April 1996.
Class 7 medium-duty trucks, ranging in gross vehicle weight from 26,000-33,000 pounds, were up more than 10 percent to 10,374 units. Through April, Class 7 sales are up 4 percent to 36,117 units.
Sales of heavy-duty trucks for the first four months of 1997 are down 4.5 percent, to 54,628 units. That is an annual rate of 164,000 trucks, off last year's Class 8 sales total of 170,000. In April, the heavy-duty truckmakers to show gains over last year were Mack Trucks Inc., up 25.4 percent; Western Star Trucks, up 10.8 percent; Volvo/GM Heavy Truck Corp., up 6.5 percent; and Navistar International Corp., up 5.4 percent. Navistar revised its projection for industrywide Class 8 sales to 180,000 vehicles, up 10,000 from its original estimate.