Mack deliveries impacted by pre-buy

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LEHIGH VALLEY, Pa. — Worldwide deliveries from Mack through April were down a total of 19 per cent over the same period a year ago.

However, the month of April itself saw numbers actually climb 12 per cent compared with the same month in 2001.

A Mack executive recently visited one of the truck maker’s dealers in Florida and indicated increasing sales totals are not likely a sign the industry is recovering. He instead suggested these were artificial totals run up by fleets trying to pre-buy vehicles in advance of the October emissions deadline.

The company explains the outlook for the fourth quarter, following the 10/02 Environmental Protection Agency emission regulations remains unclear.

In North America 6,570 trucks have been sent to customers; that’s down 20 per cent from the 8,256 last year for the same period.

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