The U.S. truck market took a tumble last month, despite rising sales of medium- and heavy-duty trucks.
In June, manufacturers sold 52,112 trucks in classes 4-8, an 11.2 percent increase. That compares with June 2005 sales of 46,855 vehicles.
Through the second quarter, sales of big trucks were up 16.2 percent over the same period last year, to 287,396 units.
But sales of trucks in classes 1-3 slid 20.8 percent compared with June 2005, to 752,308 vehicles. That brought total U.S. truck sales down 19.3 percent, to 804,420.
International was the top truck seller in June, with a 16.5 percent increase to 10,481 vehicles.
International edged out Freightliner by a single unit. Freightliner's number was 7.3 percent lower than June 2005.
Ford Motor Co. continued posting big gains this year in heavy trucks, with a 65.3 percent increase to 8,464 vehicles for June.
In the first six months, Freightliner was the best-selling truckmaker with 62,631 vehicles, a 3.7 percent increase over the same period of 2005. International was second, selling 57,867 units, an 8.8 percent increase. Ford was third with 46,843 units sold. That was a 56.8 percent increase over 2005.
Sales of Class 8 trucks, the largest sector of the heavy-truck market, rose 6.3 percent in June, to 25,240 units.
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