Two months into 2005, sales of medium- and heavy-duty trucks have roared 25.0 percent ahead of where they were a year earlier.
Heavy-hauling Class 8 trucks are driving the segment's growth.
For the year to date, sales of Class 8 trucks are up 52.0 percent to 35,441 units.
In February, Class 8 sales rose 42.8 percent to 17,184 units.
Sales of medium- and heavy-duty trucks, Classes 4 through 8, totaled 35,736 units in February, up 20.8 percent from the year-ago month.
But when sales of trucks in Classes 1 through 3 are added, the entire segment was down 1.7 percent in February to 701,661 units.
For the year to date, the truck segment is down 4.1 percent to 1,299,111 units.
Freightliner, a unit of DaimlerChrysler AG, topped the sales charts for the month with a 26.1 percent increase to 9,273 units. Class 8 trucks made up 5,694 of that total, 49.5 percent over February 2004.
International ranked second in sales for the month with 7,838 units, up 9.5 percent. Its Class 8 sales totaled 2,878 for February, up 42.1 percent.
Ford held the No. 3 spot for the month, followed by Peterbilt, Kenworth and Volvo.
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