DETROIT -- Sales of medium- and heavy-duty trucks in the U.S. declined 24.2% in 2001 to 350,007 units compared with the 461,918 big rigs sold in 2000. It’s the second consecutive year Class 4-8 truck deliveries have posted a double-digit decline; 2000’s total was down 11.4% from 1999. Heavy-duty (Class 8) sales dipped 34.0% in 2001 vs. 2000. Every nameplate recorded a decline of at least 20.6% with Freightliner Corp.’s Western Star marque posting the biggest decrease (54.3%). Medium-duty ...

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