Preliminary data shows that October Class 8 truck total net orders for all major North American OEMs increased 17% over September to 27,395 units—a year-over-year increase of 46% and the third consecutive month of increasing order activity—according to FTR Associates.
Orders for the three month period of August, September and October annualize to 287,500 units.
“The uptick in orders was anticipated and came in at the high end of those expectations,” said Eric Starks, President of FTR. “The healthy order activity signals that the sluggish economy is not negatively impacting carriers. October typically is the beginning of the strongest ordering season for trucks, with expected delivery in Q1 and Q2 of the following year. The current order activity is a good beginning for Q4 2011 and should solidify early 2012 OEM build plans.”Final data for October will be available from FTR later in the month as part of its North American Commercial Truck & Trailer Outlook service. Contact FTR Associates at [email protected] or 1-888-988-1699 ext 1 for more details