Sales of medium- and heavy-duty trucks in the U.S. totaled 27,096 units in September, up 25.7% on a daily rate basis from the 23,433 big rigs sold during like-2001. That’s the biggest increase since June 1999 when deliveries shot up 28.9%, Ward's data shows. Heavy-duty (Class 8) deliveries surged 51.8% in September, 13,502 vs. 9,667 year-ago. That marked the highest gain recorded by Ward's, surpassing the previous high of 49.7% set in January of 1993 (see related data: Ward's ...

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