March Class 8 Sales Up 21.9% to 24,823

Sales Number Also Outpaces February’s 20,136 Units
Freightliner Class 8 trucks
Market leader Freightliner sold 9,208 trucks, accounting for a 37.1% share. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

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U.S. Class 8 retail sales in March jumped 21.9% from a year ago and also exceeded the prior month, Wards Intelligence reported.

Class 8 sales for the month reached 24,823, compared with the year-ago total of 20,359, and outpaced February’s 20,136 units. Truck retail sales have increased every month since they dropped from a record high of 29,172 units in December.

Freightliner, a brand of Daimler Truck North America, again led the pack with 9,208 trucks sold, accounting for a market-leading 37.1% share. Navistar experienced the largest year-over-year increase as sales jumped 77.7% to 4,154 units from 2,338.

Six out of the seven major truck manufacturers posted gains over the prior year. Kenworth Truck Co.’s sales increased 12.5% to 3,359 from 2,987, while Peterbilt Motors Co. sales 6% to 3,432 from 3,239. Both are brands of Paccar Inc.

Mack Trucks’ sales 38.6% to 1,727 from 1,246, and Volvo Trucks North America’s increased 5.1% year-over-year to 2,313 from 2,200 Mack and VTNA are brands of Volvo Group.

Western Star, a Daimler brand, experienced a 7.3% decrease in sales to 610 from 658.

In addition, Tesla sold 20 of its Class 8 Semi electric trucks.

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