The big truck industry kicked off 1999 the way many analysts and industry observers expected — on its way to another robust sales year. January deliveries of medium- and heavy-duty rigs hit 32,953 units. That's up 21.9% on a daily selling rate basis from year-ago's 27,034, which set truckmakers on the path to a record sales year in 1998. January sales of Class 8 trucks hit 16,221, again a jumpstart on like-1998, up 35.2% from the 13,072 heavy-duties sold year-ago. The industry is ...

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