FTR: Class 8 truck market 'performing at a high level'

FTR: Class 8 truck market ‘performing at a high level’

Class 8 preliminary net orders for December came in at 26,620 units.

According to FTR’s latest numbers, Class 8 preliminary net orders for December came in at 26,620 units, which was 26% below November and down 6% year-over-year. However, FTR says those comparisons fell within expectations given seasonal tendencies.

Total Class 8 orders for the previous 12 months have equaled 253,000 units, and more recent run rates are even stronger. The annualized rate over the past 6 months has been 302,000 units, and the three-month annualized rate is 362,000 units. OEMs are still able to fill build slots at a healthy rate, FTR said.

“Despite the slight year-over-year decrease in orders in December, the market is still performing at a high level historically,” said Eric Starks, FTR’s chairman of the board. “Even as the freight markets have been weak for an extended period, fleets are still ordering equipment. Order levels were above the historical average but continue to follow seasonal trends, reinforcing our expectations for replacement demand in 2024.”

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