Truck orders outpaced capacity, says Mack exec

John G Smith
“Orders have been extremely strong,” says Roy Horton of Mack Trucks.

MONTREAL, Que. — Class 8 truck orders may be slowing, but Mack Trucks director of product strategy Roy Horton does not sound concerned.

“It’s something we see as a normal part of the industry,” he said during the recent ExpoCam trade show in Montreal. Mack’s order board now stretches through 2019, and new orders are being scheduled for early 2020.

“Over the last year, orders have been extremely strong. Orders have outpaced the industry’s capacity to build and deliver,” he said.

Freightliner led Canada’s actual retail sales this March, with 29% of the 3,206 overall Class 8 units, Wards Auto reports. Mack accounted for 5.5% of the market share.

International secured the top spot in Class 7 with 38.3% of the 887 sales, Wards Auto adds.

While Hino held the month’s top spot with 40% of Canada’s 152 Class 6 retail sales, it is in a statistical tie with Freightliner on the year. Each company has secured about 35% of year-to-date retail sales.

Ford continues to dominate Class 5 sales in Canada, with 46% of March’s 719-truck market.

John G Smith

John G. Smith is the editorial director of Newcom Media's trucking and supply chain publications -- including Today's Trucking,, TruckTech, Transport Routier, Inside Logistics, Solid Waste & Recycling, and Road Today. The award-winning journalist has covered the trucking industry since 1995.

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