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Courses 4-7 Gross sales in September Hit Ups and Downs

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U.S. retail gross sales for Class 4 by way of Class 7 automobiles in September didn’t clear 19,000, falling 5.6% in contrast with a yr earlier, Wards Intelligence reported.

Gross sales totaled 18,763 in contrast with 19,873 within the 2021 interval, in keeping with Wards.

September’s slide would have been far higher and not using a surge in Class 6 gross sales that offset a plunge in Class 4 and Class 5.

ACT Analysis Vice President Steve Tam stated, “However then the opposite problem is the labor market continues to be a priority, particularly for the medium-duty market the place the chassis have a second journey by way of the physique builder of upfitter.”

Tam added the labor pool is terribly shallow. “It’s only a actually fragile market, and simply a number of competitors, with low unemployment and everybody nonetheless making an attempt to rent.”

Satirically, gross sales in September have been the third-highest so far this yr, trailing solely 20,261 in August and 21,002 in March.

Class 7 gross sales inched up 0.6% to three,959. The whole was the third-highest this yr. Freightliner led with 1,595 gross sales and Worldwide was proper behind it at 1,564.

Freightliner is a unit of Daimler Truck North America. Worldwide is a model of Navistar Inc., which is a unit of Traton Group.

Class 6 gross sales have been the section’s fifth-highest this yr, leaping 26.5% to five,782 in contrast with 4,570 a yr earlier. Three truck makers mixed to dominate the section.

Freightliner led with 1,614. Ford Motor Co. was subsequent with 1,518. Worldwide posted 1,371.

In September within the face of stiff competitors, Kenworth made 235 gross sales in Class 7 and 127 in Class 6, in keeping with Wards.

Kenworth is vying for enterprise in what it famous is an expansive number of purposes, together with cargo and reefer van, beverage, tow and restoration, utility, mechanic service, gasoline oil and propane, landscaping, hearth, dump and mixer.

Lately it made its 2022 medium-duty physique builder handbook accessible for obtain from the truck assets part of Kenworth’s web site.

Courses 4 and 5 gross sales mixed fell 20.6% to 9,022 in contrast with 11,368 a yr earlier.

Ford led in Class 5 with gross sales of three,418 out of a complete of 6,747. Stellantis, which makes the Ram model, posted 1,683, the next-highest.

Ford and Stellantis didn’t do as nicely in Class 5 in contrast with a yr earlier, and that was the first motive the general medium-duty complete fell.

In Class 4, Isuzu Business Truck of America led with 855 gross sales out of two,275 general, adopted by Ford with 735.

Medium-duty year-to-date gross sales rose 9.5% to 179,246 in contrast with 163,683 a yr earlier.

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