Canada big truck sales continue to rise, up 15.9% to 4,014 in September, for a seventh straight monthly year-on-year gain. This compares to like-2016’s 3,330, leaving 2017 with a strong 12.0% lead in year-to-date sales totaling 30,265.
Heavy-duty truck sales reflect similar results. Up 9.8% in September, Class 8 sales hit 2,426 units, compared with year-ago’s 2,124. Daimler and International dropped 1.3% and 5.6%, respectively. PACCAR’s Kenworth (+25.4%) and Peterbilt (+33.5%) posted large gains. Similarly, Volvo Truck’s Mack and Volvo brands also outperformed this month, with gains of 43.9% and 14.5%, respectively.
With four straight months of year-over-year increases, Class 8 sales totaled 18,427 deliveries through the third quarter, 6.9% ahead of last year.
Classes 4-7 sales were up 26.6% with 1,588 deliveries in September. Year-to-date sales are up 21.0%, to 11,838 deliveries.
The only sector to see a drop for the month, Class 7 came in 3.7% below 2016 with 674 units. Double-digit losses for Ford (-55.6%) and International (-18.8%) were offset by a 64.5% gain by Freightliner and 65.4% increase by PACCAR.
Sales in Class 6 totaled 120 in September, up 8.9%. Freightliner dropped 14.5% to 24 units. Hino remained flat at 56 units, while Ford doubled its sales from six to 12. PACCAR soared 380.8% on small volume.
Class 5 deliveries spiked 67.3% with 581 units sold. Isuzu enjoyed a triple-digit gain of 182.3%. FCA was up a solid 35.5% to 93 units. No.1-seller Ford nearly doubled its sales, up 96.6%, while International recorded the worst performance, down 42.3%.
Class 4 was the top performer with a 120.2% jump to 213 deliveries, compared to like-2016’s 93. Isuzu’s import line had the largest sales gain, up 348.7% in September. Ford soared 138.8% to 154 units, and maintained its strong share lead with a 72.3% take. Hino boosted sales 60.3%. With large gains from all truck makers, year-to-date sales for the class are ahead 39.6% with 1,619 deliveries.