FTR reports preliminary North American Class 8 orders for April dropped 12,000 units from the stratospheric March numbers to 34,700 units for the month. While this was the largest drop m/m since 2011, it was completely expected and still up 50% versus April 2017. Demand for trucks remains at record levels and fleets are still attempting to add capacity as fast as possible in this market. North American Class 8 orders for the past twelve months have now totaled 368,000 units.
Jonathan Starks, chief intelligence officer commented, “To put the April results into perspective, while we saw a nearly 12,000 unit drop from March, the figure is still above the average month for Q4 of last year. This remains a very elevated market.”
“These order levels will continue to put pressure on the OEMs and suppliers to increase production and output. The market will stay red-hot into 2019. The question remains: how hot can they run?”
Final data for April will be available from FTR later in the month as part of its North American Commercial Truck & Trailer Outlook service. To contact FTR, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (888) 988-1699 ext. 1.
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