Customers order 21,200 Class 8 trucks in December

Jan. 6, 2017

Preliminary net orders for Class 8 trucks reached 21,200 units in December, up 10% m/m, and spot on the FTR forecast, according to FTR. 

The solid December order activity is consistent with the order demand of the last two months. Discounting October’s cancelations, month-to-month orders were extremely stable in the fourth quarter.  Class 8 backlogs should rise significantly in December, FTR says, giving the market some modest momentum starting off 2017.

Net orders were only 164,000 in 2016, but production was aided by the large backlog at the beginning of the year. 

 “Another decent month that met expectations” said Don Ake, vice-president of commercial vehicles at FTR.  “Orders have been following stable, traditional, patterns for six months now, which is great news after the large drop off in 2016.  Production was weak in December, but based on the Q4 orders, it should begin a modest recovery in February.

“The most recent economic news has been positive, so freight demand should keep orders propped up for a few more months.  2017 still looks to be a tough year, but now backlogs are growing and that means the worst should be behind us for now.”

Final data for December will be available from FTR later in the month as part of its North American Commercial Truck & Trailer Outlook service. To contact FTR, send an email to [email protected] or call (888) 988-1699 ext. 1.