Class 8 trucks posted sales gains for the second straight year in 2005.
Class 8 trucks, the best-selling segment, surged 24.4 percent last year compared with 2004. The overall truck market dipped 0.5 percent last year, dragged down by flagging sales of light trucks in Classes 1-3.
It was the first annual dip for the overall truck market since 2002.
Sales of Class 8 trucks increased 6.6 percent in December.
Also in December, Ford toppled Freightliner to snare the monthly sales crown. Ford sold 9,696 units, besting Freightliner's tally of 9,263. Third-place International sold 7,215.
Freightliner was No. 1 in November with 9,341, edging Ford by 212 units. Ford's medium-duty (Classes 4-6) sales figures have increased since an August reclassification of Class 2 Econoline trucks into Classes 3 and 4.
The medium- and heavy-duty market, Classes 4-8 trucks, spiked 7.3 percent in December to 49,984 units. It increased 22.4 percent in 2005, to 536,293.
Classes 6 and 7 dipped 9.8 percent in December, and Class 5 sales rose 10.1 percent.
Freightliner, a unit of DaimlerChrysler, was the top seller of medium- and heavy-duty trucks in 2005 with 122,262 units. International was second with 100,988 and Ford followed with 94,949.
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