Commercial truck sales in the United States thundered ahead in March as most manufacturers posted big gains.
U.S. sales of medium- and heavy-duty trucks in March totaled 47,776, up 31 percent from last year.
In the first quarter, truck dealers sold 119,629 medium- and heavy-duty vehicles, 30 percent ahead of 1998.
Sales of heavy-duty Class 8 vehicles totaled 22,455 units in March, up 28 percent.
In the first three months of 1999, Class 8 sales were up 25 percent at 56,584.
Every major heavy-truck builder reported a big March for Class 8 sales: Freightliner was up 27 percent, Navistar was up 12 percent, Kenworth was up 81 percent and Peterbilt was up 24 percent.
Class 7 sales in March were up 26 percent, to 12,821.
Navistar sold 7,020 Class 7 trucks, up 42 percent.
In the Class 1-3 light-truck segment, first-quarter sales totaled 1,906,202, up 14 percent over the first three months of 1998.