Preliminary Class 5-8 orders highest since 2014: ACT

Nov. 3, 2017
Class 5-8 orders highest since 2014

Preliminary NA Class 5-8 net orders were 55,700 units in October, up 65% year-over-year and the highest since December 2014, according to ACT Research.

“Seasonally adjusted, orders rose 5.7% from September to 48,900 units,” said Kenny Vieth, President and Senior Analyst at ACT Research. “For 2017 year to date, orders after seasonal adjustment have been very consistent, ranging from 41,400 units in May to October’s 48,900 unit tally.”

Complete industry data for October, to include final order results, will be available mid-November in ACT’s State of the Industry: NA Classes 5-8 Vehicles report.

Preliminary October NA Class 8 net orders significantly surpassed expectations, rising to 36,200 units. 

“October’s orders represented a 160% year-over-year jump from a particularly easy, cancellation impacted, year-ago comp,” noted Vieth. “October is typically the second-strongest order month of the year. As such, seasonal adjustment boost lowers the monthly intake to 31,600 units, or a 379,400 unit SAAR, up 20% from September.” 

The strength exhibited by Class 8 orders in October highlights improving freight conditions and freight rates in 2017 that will lead to a rebound in carrier profitability in 2018.

“October’s preliminary orders clearly put upward pressure on ACT’s expectations for Class 8 demand next year,” noted Vieth. “At the same time, we recognize the potential that this year’s NACV show [September] may have pulled-forward the timing of orders that would normally have been placed through the fourth quarter.”