Sales of medium- and heavy-duty trucks in July increased 19.1% to 36,233 units from the 29,292 big rigs delivered in like-2003. Seven months into 2004, medium- and heavy-duty truck sales are up 32.3% to 239,157 units vs. year-ago’s 180,721. (See related data: Ward’s U.S. New Truck Sales by Weight Class) Class 8 sales were up 24.7% in July. July’s heavy-duty (Class 8) deliveries surged 24.7% from like-2003’s 13,386 to 17,338. Freightliner Corp. was the only manufacturer in the ...

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