Despite a spike in medium- and heavy-duty truck sales last month, the total U.S. truck market continued to slide, reporting a 28.9 percent decrease in sales compared with July 2005. It was the worst showing this year.
Spurred by big gains in large-truck sales at Ford Motor Co., classes 4-8 were up 5.9 percent in July, to 44,260 units. The light trucks in classes 1-3 were the trouble spot last month, plunging 30.2 percent compared with July 2005.
Through July, sales of classes 4-8 trucks rose 14.7 percent over the same period last year, to 331,656 vehicles. Overall, the truck market through July was down 10.5 percent, to 5,295,854 units.
Ford accounted for most of the gain in medium- and heavy-duty trucks. Sales rose 45.2 percent, from 4,980 units in July 2005 to 7,230 units last month. Ford was the No. 3 truckmaker in July.
Freightliner was the top truck seller in July, up 0.9 percent from July 2005, to 10,254 units. International was second, selling 8,487 units, up 1.0 percent from the same month last year.
Through the first seven months of this year, Freightliner remained No. 1 in big trucks, selling 72,885 units, up 3.3 percent.
International was second with 66,354 sales, up 7.8 percent. Ford was third, posting a 55.1 percent increase over the same period of 2005, to 54,073 units.
Sales of Class 8 vehicles, which claim more than half the big-truck market, rose 6.1 percent in July, to 22,336 units.
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