Heavy-truck makers rolled into 1999 with the same strong sales momentum that carried them through last year.
Total U.S. sales of Class 8 vehicles in January rose to 16,221, up 24 percent over last year.
Showing the biggest percentage gains in Class 8 were Volvo, up 82 percent, to 2,203; Kenworth, up 53 percent, to 1,780; and Freight-liner, up 23 percent, to 4,947.
Overall, the Class 7 heavy-truck category climbed 15 percent, to 9,081. Class 7 volume leader Navi-star was up 19.8 percent for the month with 5,090 units, and GMC increased 56.4 percent with 989.
Truckmakers reported strong, across-the-board gains in January with every class from 4 through 8 showing an increase.
Total medium- and heavy-duty sales rose 23 percent, to 32,953, last month.
All truck sales, including light pickups, vans and sport-utilities through heavy vehicles, totaled 577,448 in January, up 11 percent.
The medium range Class 5-6 segments were particularly strong in January, up a combined 55.7 percent.
Ford and Freightliner showed big gains in those classes.
Class 4 was up a relatively modest 5.5 percent, led by a strong performance at Ford and Isuzu.