Heavy trucks sales in the US dipped in March, per data released recently by WardsAuto. The number of units sold fell to 35,155 representing a year-over-year decrease of 12.9 percent from last year’s 40,383 units.
The most significant decline was in Class 8 sales which recorded a decrease of 26.2 percent. This is the 12th year that heavy-duty trucks sales registered a steady downtrend, according to the report. The only brand that went against the trend and recorded an increase was Volvo with 11.7 percent in rise. The worst hit was in the International brand which plummeted by 39.7 percent from 2016’s 2,354 units to only 1,420 this year.
Freightliner dropped by 37.8 percent while sister brand Western Star experienced a similar unfortunate plight, plunging down by 5.9 percent. PACAAR decreased by 18.1 percent while Mack by 13.6 percent.
Meanwhile, medium-duty sales remained in the same margin as last year, with only a 0.1 percent increase compared to last year’s numbers.
Class 7 sales went down by 0.9 percent from last year’s 4,983 units to this year’s 4,940 deliveries. Freightliner went down by 7.9 percent, while International sales climbed by 16.9 percent. PACCAR also reported an increase of 0.9 percent.
Sales in the Class 6 segment were significantly positive, with a reported increase of 10.4 percent. Sales in Class 5s, however, slid by 10.1 percent, while Class 4 managed to finish with a 1.9 percent gain.
Overall truck sales in the US on a year-to-date comparison trails behind 2016 numbers. The supplies concluded at 60 for Class 8s – down from 69 last year, paired with a falling stock that concluded at 32,766 units.