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Classes 4-7 sales in December accelerated overall to clear 24,000 and move 6.2% higher compared with a year earlier, WardsAuto.com reported.
Sales in December hit 24,507 compared with 23,068 in 2019.
- Class 7 sales fell the most in the month, down 18.9% to 4,348.
- Class 6 sales rose the most, 17.3% to 6,914.
- Classes 4-5 sales rose 12.1% to 13,245.
Despite December’s overall gains, 2020 could not match 2019’s total.
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Year-to-date sales fell 14.5% to 217,753 compared with 254,744 in the 2019 period, according to Wards.
“The demand for Classes 6-7 vehicles [this year] just hasn’t been as strong as for the 4-5 vehicles,” ACT Research President Steve Tam told Transport Topics. “My guess is that [demand] extends even further into the lower end of the [gross vehicle weight] scale.”