We’ve seen terrific growth in new truck sales in Australia and the U.S. through 2018.
But what’s going to happen in 2019?
In the U.S., head of Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA), Roger Nielsen, is predicting the good times will continue for some time yet, but he is braced for a slowdown.
Speaking at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in the U.S., Nielsen said Daimler Trucks, parent company of the Freightliner, Mercedes-Benz, Western Star and Fuso brands, had sold more than half a million trucks globally in 2018, a record total.
And 2018 was the best year yet for DTNA in a market that had the highest total of new truck sales since 2006.
“Unfortunately, unprecedented demand came along with significant supply constraints,”
“But we at DTNA were able to defend our undisputed market leadership position with our best sales results in history.”
And as for 2019?
“We are confident 2019 will be another great year for North America’s trucking industry,” Mr Nielsen said.
“We do expect to see a continuation of the strong trucking market throughout the first months of 2019.
“We expect to see some moderation and normalization in the second half of the year.”
At the CES event Daimler Trucks also confirmed that they were putting research into truck platooning tech on hold, while also launching an upgrade of the Freightliner Cascadia that will allow for Level Two autonomous driving.
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