MediÂum duty comÂmerÂcial trucks have seen sales gains in 2013, but heavy duty Class 8 vehiÂcles have been down, accordÂing to Polkâ€™s most recent data. Total new comÂmerÂcial vehiÂcle (Class 3â€“8) were 379,000 units through the first eight months of 2013, up 2% from 371,700 â€“ up in all segÂments except for Class 8, wich were down 8.5% durÂing the eight-month periÂod comÂpared to the preÂviÂous calÂenÂdar year.
â€śWhile the outÂlook for the year startÂed with a sigÂnifÂiÂcant amount of optiÂmism by most, it now appears that the 2013 calÂenÂdar year new regÂisÂtraÂtions will be only slightÂly betÂter than the 2012 calÂenÂdar year,â€ť said Gary Meteer, direcÂtor, afterÂmarÂket and comÂmerÂcial vehiÂcle soluÂtions at Polk.
Large fleets have been down in acquiÂsiÂtions this year. Fleets operÂatÂing more than 500 vehiÂcles were down 17.8% in Class 8 purÂchasÂes durÂing that time periÂod. Small fleets â€“ operÂatÂing five or fewÂer units â€“ accountÂed for 11.7% of new Class 8 vehiÂcles this year. Thatâ€™s an increase by 20.5% durÂing the first eight months of 2013.
There are still quite a few oldÂer trucks on US highÂways, which has creÂatÂed a robust marÂket for comÂmerÂcial parts and serÂvice. There are more than 11.7 milÂlion Class 3â€“8 vehiÂcles operÂatÂing on US highÂways. NearÂly 38% of them were built priÂor to the 2000 modÂel year. The trucks range in numÂbers from a high of 46.6% in Class 6 to a low of 30.8% of the oldÂer modÂels in Class 5.