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2005 Year-End Results for Commercial Truck Industry Could Be a Record-Breaker

January 30, 2006

DETROIT – Year-end results for 2005 could reach record levels for the commercial truck industry. According to an R.L. Polk report in November 2005, end-of-September commercial vehicle registrations (10,000 lbs. and higher) were on track to reach a year-end Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate (SAAR) of 711,000 — an amount that would surpass the record registration totals of 692,000 set in 1999. In total, in January through September 2005, the industry was up 13.6 percent. Ford was the leader in commercial vehicle registrations at 130,353, followed by a combined GM and Chevrolet total of 83,939. Freightliner nearly matched GM with 83,853 units. For January through September 2005 compared to the same period in 2004, Sterling led the way with the largest percentage increase of 30.9 percent, followed by Mack with a 30.8 percent increase. GMC posted a 23.6 percent increase.
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