Despite assurances from analysts of a “soft landing” for the commercial vehicle industry, sales of heavy- and medium-duty trucks decreased 28.1% in September compared to like-1999 (31,859 vs. 44,280). That's more than double this year's previous worst drop on a percentage basis. Sales declines were recorded in every sector (Classes 4-8) against year-ago — a first for 2000. January-September deliveries of Class 4-8 trucks are running 5.4% behind like-1999. At the forefront of September's ...

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