Sales of medium- and heavy-duty trucks continued to plunge in September.
Volume totaled 27,761 units for the month, down 37.3 percent compared with September 2006. It was the eighth straight monthly decline for the segment.
Heavy-duty Class 8 trucks were hardest hit, down 58.8 percent to 9,677 units. Class 4 trucks were up 48.2 percent to 6,350.
Through the first nine months, sales in Classes 4-8 have fallen 27.9 percent to 308,908 vehicles.
Ford, which relies mainly on Class 4 sales, was the only brand to post an increase over September 2006. Ford sold 7,424 medium- and heavy-duty units last month, up 32.8 percent.
Ford's sales of 4,152 Class 4 trucks was 170.3 percent above the September 2006 total.
International and Freightliner sales continued to fall during the month. Freightliner fell from first place in September 2006 to third place this year. Freightliner sold 4,437 trucks — a 55.8 percent nosedive from last September. International didn't fare much better, as its sales fell 49.7 percent to 4,667.
International is off 38.9 percent for the year to date compared with the same period in 2006. Freightliner is down 34.6 percent.