Survey says heavy truck sales expected to drop 43 percent this year

| Friday, April 20, 2007

The U.S. automotive industry is not the only one watching heavy duty truck sales numbers. According to a recent survey by the British Web site just-auto.com, U.S. truck manufacturers estimates that this year’s sales of Class 8 trucks will dwindle 43 percent to 182,400 units.

“The pre-buy behavior of last year’s overstated U.S. market meant that truck manufacturers fully expected the drop to follow and are adjusting capacity accordingly,” the Web site stated in a news release.

More stringent emissions standards required by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency beginning Jan. 1, 2007, ushered in a rush of pre-buy orders ahead of the emissions deadline.

In November 2006, DaimlerChrysler predicted that higher-priced, lower-polluting models would drive the sales market down in spring and summer 2007, with sales falling 39 percent from 2006.

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