Heavy Truck Equipment Demand Likely to Fall After October Surge

According to the latest issue of The North American Commercial Truck and Trailer Outlook published by FTR Associates, heavy truck demand for 2010 is likely to slow after EPA 2007 engine inventory is exhausted.

FTR recently increased its 2009 Class 8 forecast due to a surge in orders in October. However, those orders are likely to reduce early 2010 freight-induced demand, as the order activity in October was driven by truck operators lining up for the last of pre-2010 emissions engines.

“2009 will end with modest freight growth, and we expect 2010 growth to be in the 2.8% range,” said Eric Starks, President of FTR. “However, given the huge decline in freight over the last few years, the increase in freight in 2010 will not be enough to entice fleets in large numbers to buy new, more expensive technology when such equipment is first made available. Many have usable miles on older equipment to get them through the initial up-tick in freight demand without taking the risk of adding unfamiliar engine technology to their fleet.”

The full North American Commercial Truck and Trailer Outlook Report is available to subscribers. In addition to FTR’s regular freight, equipment, trucking environment and economic forecasts, the current issue contains commentary discussing the risks to the 2010 production forecast given the implementation of the upcoming 2010 EPA engine mandate. For more information, please contact Eric Starks at 888-988-1699 ext. 45 or make an inquiry to [email protected].

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