Volvo Trucks North America announces truck sales record in 2006

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Volvo Trucks North America said Friday, Feb. 2, that it sold a record number of trucks in 2006, and increased its market share for the fourth consecutive year. For the year, Volvo said it had total North American retail sales of 35,647, exceeding the previous best year in 1999 when the company sold 33,956 vehicles. Volvo said December 2006 also was its best month ever, with a total of 4,178 North American retail sales. Volvo also announced that its U.S. market share for 2006 was 10.8 percent, up from 10.5 percent in 2005.

“2006 was an extraordinary year for Volvo Trucks North America, but our success represents far more than a strong truck market,” said Peter Karlsten, president and chief executive officer of Greensboro, N.C.-based Volvo Trucks North America. “We have been investing in our company, our products, our dealer network and our customer support systems. Volvo’s record truck sales are a product of all these things, as well as the great work done by our dealers and our employees.”

Volvo Trucks North America assembles its Volvo VT, VN and VHD trucks in the United States, at the ISO14001- and ISO9001-certified New River Valley Plant in Dublin, Va. Volvo engines for North America are assembled in Hagerstown, Md. Volvo also sponsors the America’s Road Team national highway safety outreach program for the American Trucking Associations.