U.S. truckmakers began 2008 with a continued decline in sales of medium- and heavy-duty trucks. Sales of both tumbled 33.5 percent to 26,055 in January compared with a year earlier.
Sales of large trucks remained soft. Heavy-duty Class 8 trucks fell significantly in January, collapsing 48.3 percent to 9,600 units. Sales of Class 6 and Class 7 trucks each fell by about a third.
Class 4 trucks were the only medium- or heavy-duty category to show a slight sales increase, rising 4.1 percent to 5,183 units.
Ford Motor Co. was the sales leader, thanks to gains by its Class 4 and Class 6 trucks. Ford's total sales declined just 0.3 percent to 6,604.
International lagged behind Ford with sales of 5,413, down 39.5 percent. Navistar International Corp. makes International trucks.
Sales by Daimler AG's Freightliner unit fell 48.6 percent to 5,176. That left it third among medium- and heavy-duty truck brands. In January 2007, Daimler was first.