Deliveries of medium- and heavy-duty trucks in the U.S. increased 26.4% in December to 45,517 from like-2003’s 34,613. The month brought big-rig sales for the entire calendar year to 431,653 units, up 31.4% vs. 2003’s 328,389. (See related data: Ward’s U.S. New Truck Sales by Weight Class) In December, heavy-duty (Class 8) sales hit 21,822 units, an increase of 39.1% compared with the 15,106 trucks delivered year-ago. Freightliner Corp.’s 7,922 deliveries claimed segment leadership. AB ...

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