To get a scope on the outstanding year big truck makers are having consider that the 42,547 medium- and heavy-duty rigs sold in July — a 20.6% gain on year-ago — would've been a monthly high for 1998, but in 1999 it's the lowest total since February. Heavy-duty (Class 8) deliveries improved 25.1% compared to year-ago (21,933 vs. 17,530). Navistar International Transportation Corp. was the only manufacturer to post a decline in the segment. Seven months into 1999, Class 8 sales are up 28.8% ...

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