Nearly every truckmaker reported a sales increase in November. The only exception was Nissan Diesel, one of the market's smallest players. Nissan Diesel sales fell 19.3 percent as it focused on the launch of a new medium-duty truck.
Overall U.S. sales of medium-duty and heavy-duty trucks rose 17.2 percent for the month. Through November, a total of 476,129 sales were reported. That is up 25.1 percent from last year's 11-month total and 11 percent ahead of the total for all of 1998.
Sales of Class 8 trucks remained strong in November, running 21.7 percent ahead of their year-ago pace. For the year, Class 8 sales are up 29.1 percent.
Among manufacturers, Mack Trucks posted the strongest November increase, 55.7 percent. Other big gainers included Sterling (46.4 percent), GMC (31.3 percent) and Peterbilt (21.5 percent).
Each of those makers has also had healthy gains for the year. Sterling has led the way, up 244.4 percent.