North America’s Class 8 net truck orders in September reached 19,777 units, up 29 percent year-over-year, but just 3 percent higher than August orders, according to FTR Associates’ preliminary data.
September is now the fourth consecutive month with Class 8 orders below 20,000 units, resulting in annualized orders for the six-month period, including September, dipping to 240,000 units.
“The order data was generally in line with expectations,” said Eric Starks, FTR’s president, in a written statement. “Activity is modest, but still suggests a flat production and sales market over the next few months.”
“We will be looking hard at the October orders to see if production expectations through the end of the year can be met,” he added.