Sales of medium- and heavy-duty trucks increased 13.3% in April to 42,644 units from like-2004’s 36,256. Four months into 2005, big-rig deliveries are running 20.4% (156,773 vs. 130,211) ahead of year-ago, according to Ward’s data. (See related data: Ward's U.S. New Truck Sales by Weight Class) Heavy-duty (Class 8) sales surged 19.6% to 20,390. Segment-leader Freightliner Corp. strengthened its position with a 30.9% increase while second-place International Truck and Engine Corp. ...

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