COLUMBUS, Ind. — Net orders for Class 8 trucks were up 37% year-over-year in December, according to the latest State of the Industry: Classes 5-8 Vehicles published by ACT Research.
The report concludes that the last four months of 2009 were the strongest in a very soft year. For the full year, Class 8 net orders were 33% below 2008 levels, ACT reports. Medium-duty Class 5-7 net orders were down 8% year-over-year in December and down 35% for the full year.
“Class 8 net orders exceeded expectations in December as the last of the pre-EPA2010 emissions mandate build slots were filled,” said Kenny Vieth, partner and senior analyst with ACT. “Additionally, orders to countries not subject to the emissions mandate were strong, with Mexico and other export markets posting their highest order volumes since early 2008.”
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