Medium and heavy-duty truck sales spiked 17.7 percent in October in the United States compared with October 2004.
But while trucks in classes 4-8 have been consistent hot sellers, sales of smaller trucks in classes 1-3 had a dismal month, falling 23.8 percent. Total truck sales dropped 21.7 percent.
DaimlerChrysler AG's Freightliner unit was the best-selling brand last month in classes 4-8 with 10,421 units, a 7.5 percent increase.
Ford Motor Co., which overtook International for second place in September, followed with another second-place finish in October. It sold 9,205 trucks in classes 4-8, more than twice its sales in October 2004.
International was third with 8,466, an 8.5 percent drop from October 2004.
Sales of Class 4 trucks swelled 96.0 percent last month. The largest gain was among medium and heavy-duty trucks. Classes 5, 7, and 8 also posted brisk sales, but Class 6 sales dropped 16.4 percent.
Through the first 10 months of 2005, Freightliner remains the best-selling brand with 103,658 units, an increase of 18.6 percent over the year-ago period. International was second with 86,648, up 13.9 percent. Ford followed with 76,124, a 52.4 percent spike.
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