TORONTO, Ont. – North American orders for Class 8 trucks surged to 34,735 units in April – and Canada played a big role.
This was the only market to experience a month-over-month gain, and the 5,815 units booked represented the country’s largest monthly order intake since early 2006, said Kenny Vieth, president and senior analyst for ACT Research. “The heavier end of the medium-duty market continues to outperform the lighter end, with Class 5 orders in April improving 4$ year to date, and the Classes 6-7 April orders bringing that segment’s year-to-date rise to 37%.”
Freightliner led April’s Class 6, 7 and 8 sales with a respective 52, 170 and 931 trucks sold in Canada, according to stats provided by WardsAuto. But year to date, Freightliner still trailed International’s 514 Class 7 trucks and Hino’s 165 Class 6 units. Ford topped the month’s Class 5 sales at 429 units.