Sales of heavy trucks continue to expand in the United States.
Class 8 truck sales rose 35.6 percent in June to 17,192 units. That compares with 12,683 units sold in June 2003.
For the first six months, Class 8 truck sales grew 42.7 percent above the first half of 2003, to 89,846 units.
All truckmakers listed in the table above had higher sales in June than in the year-ago month.
GMC had the largest percentage increase, up 71.7 percent to 2,136 units, from 1,244 the previous June.
Western Star, which is owned by DaimlerChrysler AG, trailed GMC with a 69.5 percent gain. Mitsubishi-Fuso had the smallest percentage increase. It was up 9.8 percent in June compared with the previous June.
Volume leader Freightliner sold 8,909 trucks in June, up 30.7 percent from the 6,814 units sold in June 2003. For the first six months, Freightliner sales rose 36.3 percent.
Ford's June truck sales increased 37.7 percent over the June 2003 figure, to 5,531 units. For the first six months, Ford sales rose 43.4 percent from the 2003 first half total.
Class 4, 5, 6 and 7 sales also rose in June. Class 6 had the highest percentage increase among that group: up 39.4 percent. Class 6 sales were 5,860 units, up from 4,204 in June 2003.
Sales of all truck classes were up a scant 0.3 percent in June from June 2003. That's 801,368 units compared with 798,685 units. For the first six months, sales rose 7.2 percent from the comparable period last year to 4.7 million units.