“Class 8 industry retail sales in the U.S. and Canada improved to 225,000 units in 2012 compared to 197,000 in 2011,” said Dan Sobic, PACCAR executive vice president. “Our customers are benefiting from good freight tonnage and freight rates. In 2012, PACCAR achieved a record Class 8 retail market share in the U.S. and Canada of 28.9 percent as customers benefited from Kenworth and Peterbilt vehicles’ low operating cost. Estimates for U.S. and Canada truck industry Class 8 retail sales in 2013 are in the range of 210,000-240,000 units, driven by ongoing replacement of the aging fleet and the overall growth in the economy,” added Sobic.
South American Expansion
PACCAR continued construction of its new 300,000-square-foot DAF assembly facility in Ponta Grossa, Brasil. “Brasil is a major truck market with industry sales above six tonnes expected to increase in 2013 to over 140,000 units. The DAF product range offers premium quality, low operating costs, excellent driveability and maneuverability, and the industry-leading PACCAR MX engine,” said Marco Davila, DAF Brasil president. “The production of DAF trucks in Brasil in late 2013 is an exciting development which will add to PACCAR’s sales in South America.”
PACCAR's Kenworth vehicles have earned a significant market share in many South American countries in the Andean region for over 40 years. “PACCAR delivered over 6,000 trucks in the Andean region of South America in 2012,” said Sam Means, PACCAR vice president.Russia Expansion “DAF and Kenworth delivered 2,700 trucks to Russian customers in 2012, an increase of 80 percent versus 2011,” said Ron Bonsen, DAF director of sales. “PACCAR Parts established a Parts Distribution Center (PDC) in Moscow in late 2011 which supports our growing dealer network of 29 sales and service locations.” PACCAR in Asia PACCAR’s Shanghai office concentrates on component purchases for production and aftermarket operations. “China is the largest truck market in the world and PACCAR is benefiting from its increased presence in the region,” said Dan Sobic, PACCAR executive vice president. “DAF is the third largest truck manufacturer in the above 16-tonne segment in Taiwan with a 10.4 percent market share. During 2012, DAF began its LF vehicle assembly joint venture in Taiwan.”