U.S. medium and heavy duty truck sales from reporting companies were up 11.9 percent year-over-year (82,186 units sold in Q1 2014 vs. 73,433 units sold in Q1 2013).
Canadian retail sales were down 1.3 percent year-over-year (8,394 units in Q1 2014 vs. 8,507 units in Q1 2013)
Close to 70 percent of Q1 sales in Canada were of Class 8 trucks, compared to less than 55 percent in the U.S.
Medium and heavy duty truck sales continued at strong levels in the North America market, according to first quarter retail sales information from reporting companies. While sales of class 5 to class 8 trucks were up 11.9 percent in the U.S., Canadian medium and heavy duty truck sales observed a slight decline of 1.3 percent compared to Q1 2013. Overall the markets remain strong, however, with the current phase in of stricter fuel economy/emissions regulations producing a far more muted reaction in the market than was seen in 2006/2007.