Medium- and heavy-duty U.S. truck sales soared 31.2% in April, the sector’s best performance yet in 2011.
The April gain tops February’s 30% year-on-year increase, according to Ward’s data.
Related document: Ward’s U.S. Truck Sales by Weight Class – April 2011
Class 4 was the only segment to decline. Deliveries plunged 50.1% asand International posted losses of 70.2% and 78.5%, respectively.
Class 8 sales jumped 35.9% in April vs. like-2010, propelled by across-the-board gains. Volvo led the pack with a 113.1% boost, followed by a 104.2% surge by’s Kenworth brand.
Total medium-duty sales rose 26.3%, with Class 7 posting a 23.5% climb from April 2010.’s 171.3% gain was the group’s biggest, while , down 67.9%, was just one of two Class 7 manufacturers to suffer a decline.
Class 6 sales soared 50.3% in April vs. year-ago, withagain leading. Blue Oval deliveries skyrocketed 376.4% on 658 deliveries, up from year-ago’s 133.
As in Class 7, losses were few, with Kenworth’s Peterbilt and’s Fuso posting declines of 15.0% and 8.1%, respectively.
Class 5’s 63.1% gain was the largest of any medium-duty group, even though more than half the brands posted declines. Segment-leader Ford strengthened its grip on the No.1 spot. Its 130.5% hike more than doubled like-2010.
But it was, with a 146.5% jump that led all Class 5 brands posting increases.
Daimler’s Freightliner posted an 85% loss.
Through April, sales of medium- and heavy-duty trucks in the U.S. are running 26.3% ahead of like-2010.
Units in inventory rose, but days’ supply fell for both the Class 8 and medium-duty sectors.
Class 8 days’ supply at the end of April totaled 56, down from 65 year-ago, but stocks tallied 25,338 vs. 21,485.
Medium-duty days’ supply tumbled to 74 from 88, but inventory grew to 29,573 from year-ago’s 28,021.
In other big-truck news, Daimler’s truck division reportedly tripled its operating profit in the first quarter, to E415 million ($589 million) on sales of 89,000 units, a 27% increase from Q1 2010.
Other truck makers experienced similar growth, with’s earnings up to $193.3 million in Q1 compared with $68.3 million year-ago.