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U.S. Class 8 retail sales in September climbed above 19,000 to the highest point of the year, but were down nearly 33% compared with year-ago levels when sales reached an all-time monthly record, WardsAuto.com reported.
Heavy-duty sales last month hit 19,126, down 32.3% compared with the historic September 2019 peak of 28,258 units. The previous monthly sales record was 26,462, set in December 2006.
Volvo Trucks North America was the sole truck maker to notch increased sales in September compared with the 2019 period. They rose 0.5% to 1,960. VTNA is a brand of Volvo Group.
Freightliner, a brand of Daimler Trucks North America, remained the market leader with 7,713 sales, down 33.8% compared with a year earlier.
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Kenworth Truck Co., a unit of Paccar Inc., had the second-most sales with 2,800, off 26.9% from the 2019 period. Paccar’s Peterbilt Motors Co., with 2,686 sales, slipped in behind Kenworth and was down 27.8%.
International, a brand of Navistar Inc., sold 2,256 units, a drop of 37.2% compared with the 2019 period.
Mack Trucks, also a Volvo Group brand, had sales of 1,319, down 52.8%.
Western Star, also a DTNA brand, had sales of 391, down 45.5%.
Wards reported Classes 4-7 sales were flat at 20,268, steadied only by a 36.4% gain in Classes 4-5 sales.
Class 6 and Class 7 each posted double-digit declines.
In September 2019, Freightliner reported a surge in Class 8 sales and a 41.2% share — larger that month than the next three brands combined — as supply constraints it had been experiencing at the time eased.
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