Sales of medium- and heavy-duty trucks in the U.S. increased 47.5% in August to 37,218 units from the 27,256 big rigs delivered during like-2003. The heavy-duty (Class 8) sector led the surge with deliveries totaling 18,233 units, up 72.5% vs. year-ago. (See related data: Ward's U.S. New Truck Sales by Weight Class) Class 8 sales were up 72.5% in August. Every manufacturer in the Class 8 segment recorded an increase. While Freightliner Corp. deliveries were up 41.9%, its market ...

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