Class 8 May sales up 98.4% year-on-year

[Stay on top of transportation news: Get TTNews in your inbox.] reported that US Class 8 retail sales in May exceeded 18,000, breaking the level of the year-ago quarter that plunged during the pandemic.

Sales were 18,187 units, an increase of 98.4% from 9,165 units in the same period of the previous year. May recorded the third highest total of the year.

According to Wards, sales from the beginning of the year increased 32.2% from 69,379 in the year-ago quarter to 91,714.

Peterbilt 579. Peterbilt Motors achieved 162.1% pre-sale and sales of 2,933 units. (Peterbilt Motors)

All but one Western Star truck maker recorded a significant rise in May.

Two brands from Paccar Inc. had the highest sales. Peterbilt Motors Co. increased 162.1% to 2,933 units and Kenworth Truck Co. increased 128.6% to 2,919 units.

Freightliner continues to be the market leader, improving 114.3% from 3,104 in 2020 to 6,653.

Western Star truck sales were 447 units, down 11.3% from 504 units in the year-ago quarter.

Freightliner and Western Star are units of Daimler Trucks North America.

Navistar Inc.’s international brand rose 90.4% to 2,277.

Next is Mack Trucks, which improved by 75.8% to 1,545.

Volvo Trucks North America sales increased 30.4% to 1,413 units.

Mack and VTNA are Volvo Group brands.

Class 8 sales in May also fell 6.1% from 19,312 in April.

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