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ACT Research: N.A. Commercial Vehicle Demand for 2021 Not on the “Worry” List

October 20, 2020, 07:12 AM
Filed Under: Trucking

According to ACT Research’s (ACT) latest State of the Industry: NA Classes 5-8 Report, there are any number of concerns regarding the economy in coming months, but one thing that definitely can be crossed off the worry list is commercial vehicle demand into 2021.

“Freight markets and, by extension, commercial vehicle demand have landed in the upper half of the ‘K-shaped’ economic recovery, thanks to social-distanced changes in spending,” said Kenny Vieth, ACT Research’s President and Senior Analyst. “Consumer and business expenditures have shifted away from experience-based spending on services towards trucking-reliant spending on goods.

“Coupling surging freight volumes with the large driver capacity take-out in April, freight rates have been at record levels for weeks.”

By commercial vehicle segment, Vieth commented, “The rebound in carriers’ fortunes is reflected in September’s Class 8 statistics, with orders and backlogs jumping, build rates rising, and an uptick in retail sales volumes that pushed inventories lower. Except for lower inventories, September’s medium-duty statistical roundup is a fair approximation of heavy-duty activity, with orders and backlog jumping, build rates on the rise, and strong sales.”

ACT’s State of the Industry: NA Classes 5-8 report provides a monthly look at the current production, sales, and general state of the on-road heavy and medium duty commercial vehicle markets in North America. It differentiates market indicators by Class 5, Classes 6-7 chassis and Class 8 trucks and tractors, detailing measures such as backlog, build, inventory, new orders, cancellations, net orders, and retail sales.

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