Boom Year For DaimlerChrysler Commercial Vehicles
DaimlerChrysler said it posted a record year for commercial vehicles sales in 2005, with 824,900 trucks, buses and vans sold, versus 712,200 units sold in 2004, nearly a 16 % sales increase.
Specifically on the truck side, DaimlerChrysler’s Europe/Latin America (Mercedes-Benz) business unit recorded a 8% increase in sales worldwide, to approximately 148,000 vehicles In what it calls “the core market of Western Europe,” sales were up by 12% over the 2004 level.
During the same period, the NAFTA business unit sold 182,400 trucks from all Freightliner brands - a 20% increase over the previous year’s total of 152,400. DaimlerChrysler said Freightliner increased its U.S. Class 8 segment, increasing its market share in the NAFTA region to around 36%, and the second-largest manufacturer of medium-duty trucks of the U.S. Classes 6/7 segments.