Heavy-duty truck sales remained strong in August as all the Class 8 truck builders showed gains.
Sales of Class 8 trucks in the United States totaled 21,938 units last month, up 26 percent compared with August 1998. For the year to date, Class 8 sales are up 29 percent to 171,538 units. At that rate, total Class 8 sales this year could top 257,000 trucks, far ahead of the 1998 total of 209,482.
In August, U.S. sales of medium and heavy trucks totaled 43,991 units, up 23 percent compared with year-ago sales of 35,627 trucks. So far this year, medium-and heavy-duty sales are up 27 percent.
Sales of all trucks, including pickups, totaled 726,045 units in August, or 23.2 percent ahead of last year's pace. Through the first eight months of 1999, total truck sales are up 12 percent.