Monaco Coach Corp.’s leadership in diesel engine Class A motorhomes expanded during the first quarter of this year, President John Nepute revealed during the company’s annual shareholders meeting last week (May 17).

Monaco’s dealers retailed a total of 909 diesel pushers during the three months ended March 31, a 5.9% increase over the 858 units sold during the first quarter of 2000, Nepute said, citing Statistical Surveys Inc. data.

Meanwhile, total sales of diesel Class A’s declined 7.9% to 3,242 units.

The 909 diesel pushers sold by Monaco, which assembles all of its diesel pusher chassis in Elkhart, Ind., yields a 28% retail market share for the Coburg, Ore.-based company.

No. 2 in diesel pushers is Fleetwood Enterprises Inc., which retailed 561 units during the first three months of this year, down 26.5% from the first quarter of last year.
Fleetwood’s diesel market share also slipped to 17.3%, from 21.7% a year earlier.

No. 3 in diesel Class A’s during the first quarter was Newmar Corp. of Nappanee, Ind. Its dealers sold 303 units during the first quarter, down 22.1% from a year earlier. Newmar’s retail market share in diesels was 9.3%.

Winnebago Industries Inc. of Forest City, Iowa, was No. 4 in diesel pushers. Its dealers sold 299 units during the first quarter, down 4.2% from a year earlier. Winnebago’s retail market share was 9.2% in the first quarter.

No. 5 in diesel pushers was National RV Holdings Inc. of Perris, Calif. Its dealers retailed 270 units during the first three months of this year, up 8% from a year earlier. National RV’s retail market share was 8.3%.