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Class 5-8 Truck Orders Are On the Upswing

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Class 8 truck orders are bouncing back, according to ACT Research.

Preliminary orders of Class 8 trucks jumped 27% from September to October and are up nearly 80% versus one year ago, according to ACT Research.

Meanwhile, orders of Class 5 through Class 7 trucks rose to a 10-quarter high to slightly more than 29,000 units last month.

“That order volume represents an improvement of 6% from September and an 84% uptick compared to last year,” say ACT officials.

Kenny Vieth, ACT president and senior analyst, says October represented the largest Class 5 through Class 8 order tally in 26 months, marking a fifth, consecutive year-over-year increase after 18 negative months.

“There is a symbiotic relationship between heavy-duty freight rates and medium-duty demand and clearly, the shift in consumer spending from experiences to goods has been beneficial for the providers of local trucking services, as e-commerce has grown by leaps and bounds during the pandemic,” he adds.

 

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