U.S. medium- and heavy-duty truck sales rose 15 percent in August compared with the year before, another sign of recovery in the segment.
It was the eighth straight month of sales improvement after 34 months of decline.
So far this year, sales of Class 4 to Class 8 trucks are 10 percent higher than they were in the same period a year ago.
But there's a long way to go before things gets back to normal.
In 2009, sales plunged 30 percent to 227,726 from 2008. And last year was less than half the 2006 peak of 581,194 units.
In August, Ford Motor Co. outsold International, the sales leader so far this year.
But without any heavy Class 8s in its lineup, Ford is unlikely to regain its 2008 medium-and-heavy sales crown this year as demand for big trucks rebounds in the recovery.
Through eight months, the medium- and heavy-truck sales leaders are International at 42,479 units and Freightliner with 36,651 sales, topping Ford's 34,133 units.