FTR has released preliminary Class 8 tractor net orders for November at 19,300 units — which is up 41 percent month over month — right in line with the FTR forecast.
The respectable November order activity met expectations as the market is back to tracking normal cycles. Class 8 backlogs are expected to increase for the first time in 10 months. Including November, Class 8 order activity for the past 12 months annualizes to 191,000 units.
Don Ake, vice president of commercial vehicles at FTR, said, “Class 8 orders came in right as expected in November. It is good news that the market has stabilized and is following seasonal trends. Backlogs should increase in November and December as production dips. However this order level should allow production to bounce back some in Q1.”
“The downturn in the Class 8 market was in response to weak manufacturing and lackluster freight growth in 2016. It appears business inventories have finally dropped and manufacturing is regaining strength. This trend is important for the Class 8 market to regain footing early in 2017.”
Final data for November will be available from FTR later in the month as part of its North American Commercial Truck & Trailer Outlook service.