March 23, 2018 – Press Release
Image of 2018 Ram 5500 Chassis Cab courtesy of FCA
Order cut-off dates for key 2018 model-year fleet truck models, including Ram, Ford, and Chevrolet, are quickly approaching. Wheels has provided fleets a summary of important truck order cut-off dates, as well as details on some delivery delays.
April 12, 2018, is the order cut-off for the following models:
Ram 1500 Regular Cab Express Ram 1500 Regular Cab Tradesman Ram 1500 Regular Cab SLT Ram 4500/5500 Cab Chassis
April 26, 2018, is the order cut-off for the following models:
Ram 1500 Quad/Crew Cabs Express Ram 1500 Quad/Crew Cabs Tradesman Ram 1500 Quad/Crew Cabs SLT
In addition, these truck models are experiencing longer than average production lead times.
Ford F-150, Super Duty, and Transit Vans Ram 1500/2500/3500/4500/5500 Chevrolet Silverado
In addition, Wheels reminds fleets that at this time, availability for several models is already low and may continue to decrease further. This has been further compounded by the fact that trucks continue to be in high demand due to low fuel cost and housing/construction projects on the rise.
In addition, Wheels reported that delivery delays are being experienced currently by several OEMs. The fleet management company noted that seasonal delivery delays typically occur as a result of increased demand for railcars. But, recent derailments have caused rail traffic to be slowed or re-routed in some areas, increasing transportation times.