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FTR projects surge in truck, trailer orders: Due to industry capacity constraints brought on by a hot freight market  — and with those conditions expected to continue through the year — transportation economic research firm FTR on Monday announced it has “significantly” boosted its forecast for orders for new trucks and trailers in 2018.

FTR now projects Class 8 orders to reach 330,000, and trail orders to reach 334,000.

dClass 8 truck orders totaled 290,000 in 2017, 250,000 in 2016 and 284,000

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