North American Class 8 truck net orders dropped 11% in April from March, rose 5% versus a year ago to 24,115; yearly comparisons have been positive for 15 straight months, with industry on track for 'great year': FTR

, May 5, 2014 (press release) – FTR has released preliminary data showing April 2014 North American Class 8 truck net orders at 24,115, 11% below March results. While orders tempered in April 2014 from the torrid pace set in the previous four months, they were 5% above a year ago, continuing the year over year positive comparisons for a fifteenth consecutive month. Class 8 orders over the last six months have seen activity reach 334,000 units on an annualized rate. OEM’s are expected to continue to raise build rates to meet the demand.

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Don Ake, FTR Vice President of Commercial Vehicles, commented “April orders generally met our expectations and are in line with our forecast. Class 8 order activity was bound to fall back some from the velocity of the past four months. With orders up almost 28% year to date, the industry is on track for a great year.”

Final data for April 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 sales@ftrintel.com or call (888) 988-1699 ext. 1.

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