U.S. and Canadian medium- and heavy-duty truck sales made overall gains in July compared with the prior year, but a breakdown by class shows where sales in the two countries diverge — particularly with Class 8 trucks.
U.S. and Canadian medium- and heavy-duty truck sales made overall gains in July compared with the prior year, WardsAuto reports, but a breakdown by class shows where sales in the two countries diverge. That's particularly true for Class 8 trucks.
In the United States, Class 8 sales "accounted for the bulk of big-truck gains with nearly all brands enjoying double-digit increases," according to WardsAuto, and were up by 24.4% compared with July 2014. That helped drive a year-over-year 12.0% increase for U.S. medium and heavy duty sales overall.
In Canada, however, sales data tell a different story. "All segments except for Class 8 enjoyed gains," WardsAuto reports. Canadian Class 8 truck sales fell 2.9% overall in July compared with the prior year, with only and posting gains in the segment. Compared with U.S. sales, Canadian medium and heavy duty truck sales overall showed a smaller year-over-year increase of 1.9% for July.
WardsAuto notes there was at least one welcome decrease, though in another arena: "The average price of a gallon of on-highway diesel fuel was down for the 11th straight week." Click here to read the full report on Canadian sales or here on U.S. sales, including breakdowns by class and a closer look at manufacturers' sales, or visit wardsauto.com for more information.