Class 8 truck
sales were down 22.3 percent in November compared with the previous
month, which is in line with predictions that sales of trucks with
'02-compliant engines would drop.
sales were 17.7 percent higher than they were the previous year,
which shows that the slump predicted by analysts may not be as catastrophic
to the industry.
Ward's Communications, 11,659 Class 8 trucks were sold in November,
and 15,010 were sold the previous month. No Class 8 manufacturer
sold more trucks in November than October, though Freightliner (-1.7
percent), Sterling (-3.7 percent) and Peterbilt (-6.2 percent) each
saw a drop of less than 10 percent in sales.
shows the 4,261 Class 8 trucks Freightliner sold in November were
31 percent more than it sold in the same month last year. Sterling
(45.4 percent), Peterbilt (40.9 percent), International (29.6 percent)
and Kenworth (6 percent) also sold more trucks in November 2002
than they did in November 2001.