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February Medium & Heavy Duty Orders Third Strongest Since 2006

| March 5, 2018

Class 8

Preliminary North America Classes 5-8 net order data show the industry booked 67,700 units in 2018’s second month. February’s volume makes it the third strongest order month since the EPA’07 prebuy-fueled March 2006 order volume and the fifth best order month of the millennium.

“Despite falling 17% below January’s best-in-twelve-years order intake, February’s industry order volume still makes it into the pantheon of all-time great months, with both the MD and HD markets contributing generously to the final order tally,” said Kenny Vieth, ACT’s President and Senior Analyst. He continued, “On a seasonally adjusted basis, net orders rose 42% y/y to 63,000 units – also the fifth best all-time reading.”

After an uninspired rate of order placement in Q4, MD Classes 5-7 orders have come on strong at the start of 2018. “In February, Classes 5-7 orders fell 15% from January to a still-strong 26,700 units – the second best month since July 2006 and the third best month on record,” said Vieth.

About Class 8 orders, Vieth commented, “Robust Class 8 order placements continued in February. For the month, Class 8 orders totaled 40,600 units – the eighth best order month on record and the ninth time in history in which orders eclipsed the 40,000-unit mark. Seasonal adjustment reduces the month’s order largess to 37,600 units, up 63% compared to last February’s order intake.”

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