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Commercial Vehicle Demand Remains Strong in October

November 21, 2014, 07:00 AM
Filed Under: Trucking

Medium and heavy duty classes 5-8 orders were placed at very healthy levels in October, with Class 8 nearly breaking the all-time record for the industry. Total net orders for Class 8 were 45,978 units, up 76% year over year and the second best in the history of the industry, bettered only by March 2006 when fleets demanded 52,146 net orders. Classes 5-7 net orders were at 22,453, their strongest level since early February 2008. These results were published in the latest State of the Industry report, recently released by ACT Research Co. (ACT). The report covers Classes 5 through 8 vehicles for the North American market.

“Conditions relating to freight volumes and rates and truckers’ profits and plans to purchase new equipment remained positive in the third quarter,” said Steve Tam, ACT’s Vice President, Commercial Vehicle Sector. Speaking to the strength in Class 8 order activity, Tam noted, “Through year-to-date October, net orders have been booked at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 365,800 units.”

Tam said that the performance of the Classes 5-7 segment, while not as spectacular as Class 8, was in keeping with the characteristically measured growth the medium duty market typically exhibits. “October truck orders drove the market (+16% m/m), while buses (-43%) and RVs (-21%) took a breather,” he said. Classes 5 orders were up 15% year over year and Classes 6-7 orders rose 19%.

ACT is the leading publisher of new and used commercial vehicle (CV) industry data, market analysis and forecasting services for the North American market, as well as the U.S. tractor-trailer market and the China CV market. ACT’s CV services are used by all major North American truck and trailer manufacturers and their suppliers, and worldwide banking and investment companies.

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