Sales of medium- and heavy-duty trucks in the U.S. totaled 24,885 units in December, up 2.0% from the 25,373 big rigs delivered during like-2001, according to Ward's data. In 2002, big truck sales hit 322,284 units, down 7.9% from the 359,009 trucks sold in 2001. That’s the third consecutive year that medium- and heavy-duty sales have fallen from previous-year results. But 2002’s relatively modest dip halts two straight years of double-digit declines (see related data: U.S. New Truck ...

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