Medium- and heavy-duty truck sales remained hot in August.
Combined sales of trucks in Classes 4-8 rose 20.9 percent over August 2004. The segment has posted year-over-year increases every month since September 2003.
But sales in Classes 1-3 were off 1.6 percent in August from the year-ago month. The total large-truck market saw a 0.5 percent decline for the month.
DaimlerChrysler AG's Freightliner division and Ford Motor Co. had sales surges. Freightliner, the month's top-seller with 11,966 trucks, increased 39.5 percent from August 2004. Ford's sales swelled 37.1 percent. By contrast, sales by second-place International slipped 4.4 percent.
Sales in Class 8, the best-selling segment of large trucks, rose 24.3 percent last month over August 2004. Class 7 sales climbed 14.4 percent. Sales in Class 4 (55.4 percent) and Class 5 (53.0 percent) also spiked.
Class 6 sales dropped 20.0 percent from August 2004.