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Trucks Keep Rolling, Says ACT Research

Posted on March 5, 2013

The final numbers, which will be released mid-March, will approach 23,300 units for heavy-duty Class 8. Meanwhile, medium-duty truck orders also were solid, with 16,400 for medium-duty Classes 5-7 vehicles and trucks. The preliminary net order numbers are typically accurate to within 5% of actual.

“With Class 8 build in February below 20,000 units, backlogs should rise once again,” said Kenny Vieth, president and senior analyst, ACT Research. “On a seasonally adjusted basis, February’s Class 8 net orders were 22,900 units, in a dead heat for the best reading in the past year.

Medium-duty orders easily outpaced both January 2013 and February 2012. February’s volume was up 13% versus last year. Similar to the Class 8 market, Classes 5-7 net orders above February’s build expectations suggests backlogs are likely to have moved higher.”

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