U.S. sales of medium- and heavy-duty trucks were brisk last month, rising 23.5 percent.
Trucks in classes 4-8 have posted gains every month since September 2003.
While the largest trucks continue to post strong sales, smaller trucks in classes 1-3 tumbled 19.3 percent, and the entire truck market was down 17.4 percent to 699,703 units.
DaimlerChrysler's Freightliner division was the top seller last month with 10,730 units, up 13.7 percent.
Ford sales surged 112.8 percent to 9,286 units, and it passed International as the No. 2 truck seller.
International dropped to third with 7,890, although sales increased 3.1 percent.
Class 8, which is the top-selling segment of heavy trucks, increased 16.3 percent, and Class 4 trucks nearly doubled, up 91.5 percent. Classes 5, 6 and 7 also enjoyed strong gains.
Freightliner remains the No. 1 seller through nine months with 93,237, an increase of 20.0 percent.
International is second with 78,182, up 17.0 percent.
Ford follows with 66,919, a 47.0 percent jump.
Through nine months, Class 8 has spiked 29.4 percent to 186,439 units, compared with the same period last year. c