Sparked by the rail industry's shortcomings and the popularity of just-in-time manufacturing, heavy-duty truck sales are heading for another record year in 1999, industry executives and analysts predict. Barring a downturn on Wall Street, big rig deliveries should hit 200,000-215,000 units, according to forecasts. Last year, sales totaled a record 209,483 units, up 17.3% from 1997's 178,551 deliveries. Similar results are forecast for medium-duty trucks, which posted 1998 sales of ...

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