November Class 8 sales higher this year than last

| 12/17/2002

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.

However, November 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.

According to 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.

Ward's data 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.