COLUMBUS, Ind. – Preliminary North American Class 8 net tractor orders for September totaled 53,700 units, an all-time high, while orders for North American Classes 5-7 totaled 26,600 units.
Complete industry data for September, including final order numbers, will be published by ACT Research in mid-October.
“The strength in orders reflects OEMs having fully opened their order boards for 2023 a bit earlier than normal, as the seasonally weak period for truck orders typically runs May through September,” Eric Crawford, ACT’s vice president and senior analyst, said.
Crawford called September Class 8 orders “sensational no matter how you slice the data. Over the past 12 months, 249,800 Class 8 orders have been booked. Manufacturer demand was strong.
ACT’s State of the Industry: Classes 5-8 Vehicles report provides a monthly look at the current production, sales and general state of the on-road heavy and medium duty commercial vehicle markets in North America.
It differentiates market indicators by Class 5, Classes 6-7 chassis and Class 8 trucks and tractors, detailing activity-related measures such as backlog, build, inventory, new orders, cancellations, net orders and retail sales. Additionally, Class 5 and Classes 6-7 are segmented by trucks, buses, RVs and step van configurations. The Class 8 market is segmented into trucks and tractors, with and without sleeper cabs.
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