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November preliminary NA Class 8 net orders were 41,700 units, rising by 9,000 units from both October and year-ago November. Complete industry data for November, including final order numbers, will be published by ACT Research in... Read Story
December 05, 2023, 07:10 AM


According to the latest State of the Industry: U.S. Classes 3-8 Used Trucks by ACT Research, the used Class 8 average retail sale price fell 1 percent m/m and 25 percent y/y to $62,900 in October.“The past three months’ less-than-expected declines... Read Story
November 28, 2023, 07:00 AM


Peak order season opened in September, and October net orders continued to show strong bookings. However, cancellations in some segments remain elevated, despite healthy backlogs. On balance, two solid months of orders are not enough for us to say... Read Story
November 27, 2023, 07:00 AM


Expectations are for freight markets to continue bouncing along the bottom in the near term, with some holiday volatility and a change in trajectory on the way next year, according to the latest release of the Freight Forecast, U.S. Rate and Volume... Read Story
November 21, 2023, 07:00 AM


While strong relative to freight market conditions, Class 8 orders were down 24 percent y/y in October, as published in ACT Research’s latest State of the Industry: NA Classes 5-8 report.According to Kenny Vieth, ACT’s President and Senior Analyst... Read Story
November 20, 2023, 07:20 AM


October’s preliminary net trailer orders increased nominally from September to October, at 35,300 units, but were lower compared to last October, down more than 26 percent Y/Y. As we’re still in the opening of peak order season, seasonal adjustment... Read Story
November 17, 2023, 07:00 AM


October preliminary NA Class 8 net orders were 31,900 units, remaining at above-trend levels nominally and seasonally. Complete industry data for October, including final order numbers, will be published by ACT Research in mid-November.“A strong... Read Story
November 03, 2023, 07:00 AM


After a long downturn, freight demand fundamentals are gradually improving as pandemic substitution effects fade, destocking plays out, and real incomes improve, according to the latest release of the Freight Forecast, U.S. Rate and Volume OUTLOOK... Read Story
October 31, 2023, 07:00 AM


According to the latest State of the Industry: U.S. Classes 3-8 Used Trucks, published by ACT Research, used Class 8 average retail sale price fell 1 percent month over month and 25 percent year over year to $63,900 in September.“A second month of... Read Story
October 27, 2023, 07:00 AM


The latest release of ACT Research's For-Hire Trucking Index shows continued improvement in freight volumes, pricing and driver availability.The Volume Index fell 4.9 points in September to 49.5 seasonally adjusted (SA), from 54.4 in August. While... Read Story
October 26, 2023, 07:18 AM


For the past three months, we have written about dark clouds on the trailer market horizon. September opens the peak order season, and while it is tempting to say, “here comes the sun,” we would be remiss if we didn’t note that a) one month’s data... Read Story
October 25, 2023, 07:10 AM


With the 2024 order season opening in September, the Class 8 backlog increased by 8,700 units from August to 161,300 units, and the backlog-to-build ratio increased to 5.5 months, as published in ACT Research’s latest State of the Industry: NA... Read Story
October 20, 2023, 07:00 AM


Preliminary Class 8 same dealer used truck retail sales volumes suggest buyers tightened their belts in September, down 5 percent month/month, according to the latest preliminary release of the State of the Industry: U.S. Classes 3-8 Used Trucks... Read Story
October 19, 2023, 07:00 AM


September’s preliminary net trailer orders increased sequentially, to 31,300 units, against a very easy August comp, and were notably higher compared to last September, up 19 percent. As the opening month of peak order season, seasonal adjustment... Read Story
October 18, 2023, 07:05 AM


September preliminary NA Class 8 net orders were 36,800 units, up 67% m/m, reflecting the strongest order month in the past year. Classes 5-7 net orders were more trend-like, rising 13% m/m to 23,100 units. Complete industry data for September... Read Story
October 04, 2023, 06:13 AM


August’s preliminary net trailer orders increased sequentially, to 11,500 units, but were lower against longer-term comparisons. As one of the weakest order months of the year, seasonal adjustment (SA) boosts August’s SA tally to 14,700 units. Final... Read Story
September 19, 2023, 07:05 AM


August preliminary NA Class 8 net orders were 19,000 units, down 9 percent year/year, but reflecting the best month since February. Continued economic strength and seasonal adjustment keep orders on trend. Complete industry data for August, including... Read Story
September 06, 2023, 07:00 AM


The rebalancing process in the U.S. freight market is being drawn out by reluctance to part with workers and significant private fleet capacity expansion, even as pressure on fleets worsened this month as diesel prices spiked, according to the latest... Read Story
August 18, 2023, 07:05 AM


Following on the heels of rising economic expectations, ACT Research’s forecasts for Classes 5-7, Class 8 and trailer output in 2023 and 2024 move higher again this month, as published in the latest release of the North American Commercial Vehicle... Read Story
August 14, 2023, 07:18 AM


July preliminary NA Class 8 net orders were 16,000, jumping 45 percent year over year (y/y), while Classes 5-7 net orders were 16,600, up 21 percent y/y. Complete industry data for July, including final order numbers, will be published by ACT... Read Story
August 03, 2023, 07:05 AM


Clouds on the trailer-market horizon bear watching, while simultaneously recognizing this is the seasonally weakest time of the year for forward-looking metrics, according to this month’s issue of ACT Research’s State of the Industry: U.S. Trailers... Read Story
July 28, 2023, 07:10 AM


According to the latest release of the Freight Forecast: U.S. Rate and Volume OUTLOOK report, driver capacity models suggest the record declines in freight rates should be pushing out more jobs, generating the kind of creative destruction needed to... Read Story
July 14, 2023, 07:00 AM


Preliminary NA Class 8 net orders remained seasonally soft (as expected) in June with 16,200 units, up 5 percent year over year (y/y) and 4 percent month over month (m/m), while preliminary Classes 5-7 rose a modest 2 percent y/y with 17,700 units... Read Story
July 06, 2023, 07:06 AM


According to the latest State of the Industry: U.S. Classes 3-8 Used Trucks, published by ACT Research, used Class 8 retail volumes (same dealer sales) improved by 12 percent month over month (m/m) in May. Average mileage was flat, with average price... Read Story
June 28, 2023, 07:00 AM


While the sky still isn’t falling, there certainly are more ominous clouds on the horizon that bear watching closely moving forward, one being a significant uptick in trailer cancellations for a second consecutive month, according to this month’s... Read Story
June 23, 2023, 07:18 AM


Freight volumes, rates and supply-demand balance see positive progress in May, according to the latest release of ACT Research’s For-Hire Trucking Index.The Trucking Volume Index jumped in May to 49.4 (SA) from 37.7 in April, as destocking began to... Read Story
June 22, 2023, 07:15 AM


The most notable data points this month were heavy duty and medium duty retail sales, each up double digits year over year (y/y). Heavy duty cancellations moderated month over month (m/m) and backlog continues to trend lower, but units scheduled for... Read Story
June 20, 2023, 07:10 AM


According to the latest release of the Freight Forecast, U.S. Rate and Volume OUTLOOK report, ACT Research said that though April will likely mark the bottom of the spot rate downcycle, elevated Class 8 build rates will limit the near-term... Read Story
June 15, 2023, 07:05 AM


Class 8 forecasts, as published in the latest release of the North American Commercial Vehicle OUTLOOK, are for slight year-over-year increases in retail sales and production volumes in 2023, reflecting stronger momentum into Q3. ACT Research... Read Story
June 13, 2023, 07:10 AM


Preliminary NA Class 8 net orders bounced back in May with 15,500 units, up 10 percent y/y (+29 percent m/m), while preliminary Classes 5-7 surged 27 percent y/y with 19,000 units (+3 percent m/m). Complete industry data for May, including final... Read Story
June 05, 2023, 07:10 AM


According to the latest State of the Industry: U.S. Classes 3-8 Used Trucks, published by ACT Research, used Class 8 retail volumes (same dealer sales) declined 23 percent month over month in April. Average mileage declined by 1 percent, with average... Read Story
May 31, 2023, 07:07 AM


Freight volumes, rates, and capacity continued their decline in April, according to the latest release of ACT’s For-Hire Trucking Index.The Trucking Volume Index weakened further in April, at 37.6 versus 44.6 in March. Destocking contributed to the... Read Story
May 26, 2023, 07:10 AM


According to this quarter’s issue of ACT Research’s Trailer Components & Raw Materials Forecast, OEMs are reporting that their orderboards for 2023 are fully open, with most booked through the end of the year (a few with spots still available in Q4)... Read Story
May 25, 2023, 07:00 AM


During the past six months, trailer manufacturers and major suppliers have largely indicated stable business conditions as compared to each prior month. Responses for May, relative to April, were in line with this trend. That said, this month’s... Read Story
May 23, 2023, 07:15 AM


Given the relatively weak environment for orders, combined with a fairly healthy supply chain, Class 8 backlog should be on a downward trajectory until 2024 orderboards open. April was no exception, with backlog down 15.1K units month over month to... Read Story
May 19, 2023, 07:00 AM


The freight cycle remains clearly weak, according to the latest release of the ACT Freight Forecast, U.S. Rate and Volume OUTLOOK report, but there are rays of light at the end of the tunnel. ACT Research sees the tightly intertwined supply and... Read Story
May 17, 2023, 07:00 AM


April’s preliminary net trailer orders decreased sequentially, and were lower against longer-term comparisons, with 10,000 units (11,900 seasonally adjusted) projected to have been booked during the month. Final April results will be available later... Read Story
May 16, 2023, 07:00 AM


Class 8 demand to this point has remained relatively resilient, but ACT Research sees clear softening in big fleet profitability and other ancillary metrics. Expectations, as published in the latest release of the North American Commercial Vehicle... Read Story
May 12, 2023, 07:12 AM


Preliminary NA Class 8 net orders in April were 11,600 units, down 27 percent year over year (-39 percent month over month, while preliminary Classes 5-7 net orders were 18,000 units, down 10 percent Y/Y (-6 percent M/M).Complete industry data for... Read Story
May 03, 2023, 07:18 AM


Freight volumes improved, but remained weak, in March, and rates declined further, according to the latest release of ACT Research’s For-Hire Trucking Index.The Trucking Volume Index declined by less in March, at 45.3 (SA) versus 43.1 in February.... Read Story
April 28, 2023, 07:11 AM


According to the latest State of the Industry: U.S. Classes 3-8 Used Trucks, published by ACT Research, used Class 8 retail volumes (same dealer sales) jumped 18 percent month over month in March. Average mileage declined by 5 percent, with average... Read Story
April 27, 2023, 06:58 AM


Trailer OEMs and major component suppliers continue to indicate strong demand and lingering supply-chain constraints. Despite OEMs expanding availability, 2023 is not yet fully open across the industry, partially because manufacturers continue to... Read Story
April 25, 2023, 07:01 AM


March’s preliminary net trailer orders decreased sequentially, and were lower against longer-term comparisons, with 16,800 units (16,300 SA) projected to have been booked during the month. Final March results will be available later this month. This... Read Story
April 24, 2023, 07:00 AM


Trucking industry demand was quite healthy in March, despite the turmoil experienced in the banking sector and another interest rate increase. Pent-up demand remains resilient, and cancellations continue at miniscule levels for both heavy duty (HD)... Read Story
April 21, 2023, 07:05 AM


Freight demand is likely to be soft for some time, but nascent capacity removal will be key to rebalancing. ACT Research points to slower declines and wider spreads between specialized and dry van rates this year and note that a lot of rebalancing... Read Story
April 19, 2023, 07:00 AM


ACT Research continues to expect a mild recession to materialize, if not as soon as previously envisioned. Broad-based momentum coming out of Q1 increasingly suggests a recession is more likely to materialize in the second half of 2023. Helping to... Read Story
April 12, 2023, 07:00 AM


Class 8 net orders in March were 19,200 units, down 10 percent year over year (-19 percent month over month), while NA Classes 5-7 net orders were 18,600 units. Complete industry data for March, including final order numbers, will be published by ACT... Read Story
April 05, 2023, 07:15 AM


According to the latest State of the Industry: U.S. Classes 3-8 Used Trucks, published by ACT Research, used Class 8 retail volumes (same dealer sales) were 8 percent lower month over month in February. Average mileage was unchanged, with average... Read Story
March 30, 2023, 07:08 AM


Reflecting a higher build rate, the backlog-to-build ratio contracted to 8.5 months in February, after closing January at 9.9 months. For context, the average since Q3 2021 has been in the 8-month neighborhood, according to this month’s issue of ACT... Read Story
March 29, 2023, 07:10 AM


Freight volumes and rates declined in February, but we’re closer to the end than the start of this freight downcycle. Rate trends should begin to recover as soon as traction on freight volumes is established, and slower capacity growth this month is... Read Story
March 28, 2023, 07:10 AM


The mild freight downturn is likely to persist as banking crises fray nerves and the retail destock progresses, and restocking is unlikely for a while. The truckload spot market is bottoming as labor capacity slows, according to the latest release of... Read Story
March 24, 2023, 07:16 AM


According to ACT Research’s latest State of the Industry: NA Classes 5-8 report, February heavy-duty and medium-duty production relative to build plan each fell short. The Class 8 build rate in February was 1,277 units per day (UPD), up 13.9 percent... Read Story
March 23, 2023, 07:05 AM


February’s preliminary net trailer orders increased sequentially, but were lower against longer-term comparisons, with 25,800 units (25,600 SA) projected to have been booked during the month. Final February results will be available later this... Read Story
March 22, 2023, 07:10 AM


Preliminary Class 8 same dealer used truck retail sales volume managed a small gain, rising 2 percent month over month in February. The small improvement paled in comparison to the 233 percent sequential increase in auctions sales and a 55 percent... Read Story
March 17, 2023, 07:18 AM


ACT Research and Rhein Associates recently released N.A. Commercial Vehicle On-Highway Engine OUTLOOK.Regarding legislation, Andrew Wrobel, Senior Powertrain Analyst at Rhein Associates, said, “The California Air Resources Board (CARB) approved a... Read Story
March 09, 2023, 07:11 AM


According to this quarter’s issue of ACT Research’s Trailer Components & Raw Materials Forecast, supply-chain concerns still linger, with some manufacturers sharing that they see no short-term improvement in sight. Most trailer makers continue to see... Read Story
March 01, 2023, 07:03 AM


Reflecting a lower build rate, January’s backlog-to-build ratio (BL/BU) increased to 9.9 months, after averaging ~8 months since August of 2021, according to ACT Research. That said, the BL/BU for total trailers decreased to 8.1 months when... Read Story
February 23, 2023, 07:00 AM


According to ACT Research’s latest State of the Industry: NA Classes 5-8 report, January heavy-duty (HD) orders were relatively weak, but it remains to be seen whether this represented a pause after robust year-end orders, or the beginning of a more... Read Story
February 21, 2023, 07:10 AM


Preliminary used Class 8 retail volumes (same dealer sales) increased 24 percent month-over-month and were just 2 percent higher compared to January of 2022, according to the latest preliminary release of the State of the Industry: U.S. Classes 3-8... Read Story
February 17, 2023, 07:01 AM


The latest release of the ACT Freight Forecast, U.S. Rate and Volume OUTLOOK reported truckload spot rates, insights on the upcoming CVSA Road Check, and freight cycle bottoming.Tim Denoyer, ACT Research’s Vice President and Senior Analyst, said... Read Story
February 16, 2023, 07:02 AM


Preliminary net trailer orders dipped in January, with 24,200 units (22,000 SA) projected to have been booked during the month. Final January results will be available later this month. “We expected net orders to slow in January, after the explosion... Read Story
February 15, 2023, 07:05 AM


In spite of what seems to be a stumbling freight picture, higher financing costs and increasingly restrictive credit availability, ACT Research continues to see healthy sales and build trends for Class 8 into 2023. Pent-up vehicle demand and still... Read Story
February 14, 2023, 07:09 AM


Preliminary NA Class 8 net orders in December were 18,400 units, while NA Classes 5-7 net orders were 17,800 units. Complete industry data for January, including final order numbers, will be published by ACT Research in mid-February.“Given how robust... Read Story
February 06, 2023, 07:00 AM


According to the latest release of the State of the Industry: U.S. Classes 3-8 Used Trucks, published by ACT Research, used Class 8 retail volumes (same dealer sales) increased 16 percent month over month in December. Average mileage was down 4... Read Story
January 27, 2023, 07:03 AM


The latest release of ACT Research’s For-Hire Trucking Index shows volumes and the supply-demand balance increased in December, while freight trucking rates continue to decline.Concerning volume, Tim Denoyer, Vice President & Senior Analyst at ACT... Read Story
January 24, 2023, 07:02 AM


According to ACT Research’s (ACT) latest State of the Industry: NA Classes 5-8 report, December Class 8 net orders were healthy, bringing total year-end ordering activity to a strong 159,000 (Sept.-Dec.). Classes 5-7 orders declined 3 percent year... Read Story
January 23, 2023, 07:00 AM


December net U.S. trailer orders of 57,300 units were nearly 46 percent higher compared to November and 115 percent above December 2021, according to this month’s issue of ACT Research’s State of the Industry: U.S. Trailers report.“Discussions in the... Read Story
January 20, 2023, 07:17 AM


ACT Research latest release of the North American Commercial Vehicle OUTLOOK reported moderating core personal consumption expenditures (PCE), slowing jobs growth, and decelerating wage inflation indicate the Fed’s campaign to bring inflation under... Read Story
January 11, 2023, 07:00 AM


The latest release of ACT Research’s For-Hire Trucking Index showed the Supply-Demand Balance and volumes decreased, while freight rates continue to decline.Concerning volume, Tim Denoyer, Vice President & Senior Analyst at ACT Research, said... Read Story
January 03, 2023, 07:15 AM


November net U.S. trailer orders of 39,590 units were 17 percent lower compared to last month, -27 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis, and 22 percent above the year-ago November level, according to this month’s issue of ACT Research’s State of... Read Story
December 29, 2022, 07:05 AM


According to the latest release of the State of the Industry: U.S. Classes 3-8 Used Trucks, published by ACT Research, used Class 8 retail volumes (same dealer sales) were down 19 percent month over month. Average mileage was down 1 percent, with... Read Story
December 28, 2022, 07:00 AM


Preliminary reports show net trailer orders continued to soar in November, with 39,000 units projected to have been booked during the month. Final November results will be available later this month.“We expected net orders to slow in November, after... Read Story
December 21, 2022, 07:05 AM


ACT Research released the December 2022 installment of the ACT Freight Forecast, U.S. Rate and Volume OUTLOOK report.Tim Denoyer, ACT Research’s Vice President and Senior Analyst, said, “We’re pleased to announce the first new product since we began... Read Story
December 15, 2022, 06:00 AM


ACT Research’s latest release of the North American Commercial Vehicle OUTLOOK reported on the anticipated surge in Class 8 orders coupled with robust pent-up demand at year end.According to Kenny Vieth, ACT’s President and Senior Analyst, “In line... Read Story
December 13, 2022, 07:00 AM


Preliminary North American Class 8 net orders in November were 33,000 units, while NA Classes 5-7 net orders were 21,400 units. Complete industry data for November, including final order numbers, will be published by ACT Research in... Read Story
December 06, 2022, 07:00 AM


According to this quarter’s issue of ACT Research’s Trailer Components & Raw Materials Forecast, recent weak economic numbers and higher interest rates do not seem to have impacted the commercial vehicle (CV) sector in any meaningful form. Demand... Read Story
December 01, 2022, 07:02 AM


Specialty finance company Mitsubishi HC Capital America and ACT Research announced they are partnering on a four-part weekly video series, “A Conversation with ACT Research,” designed for commercial truck dealers, upfitters and end-users. Each of the... Read Story
November 30, 2022, 07:20 AM


According to ACT Research’s Transportation Digest, the top line on the Class 8 Tractor Dashboard slipped in September to a -4 reading, the sixth moderately downbeat reading in seven months.The Transportation Digest, which combines proprietary ACT... Read Story
November 28, 2022, 07:05 AM


October net U.S. trailer orders of 47,860 units were 83 percent higher compared to last month, +57 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis, and 171 percent above the year-ago October level, according to this month’s issue of ACT Research’s State of... Read Story
November 23, 2022, 07:07 AM


ACT Research released the latest installment of the ACT Freight Forecast, U.S. Rate and Volume OUTLOOK report.Tim Denoyer, ACT Research’s Vice President and Senior Analyst, said, “While we lower truckload rate forecasts on supply factors, we believe... Read Story
November 22, 2022, 06:25 AM


According to ACT Research’s latest State of the Industry: NA Classes 5-8 report, current commercial vehicle (CV) market conditions continue to prove resilient in the face of aggressive interest rate hikes. October Class 8 net orders were robust, all... Read Story
November 21, 2022, 07:05 AM


Preliminary reports show net trailer orders in October were 46,750 units, up 82 percent from September, and 168 percent higher than the same month last year, according to ACT Research. Final October results will be available later this month.“With... Read Story
November 17, 2022, 07:07 AM


Preliminary used Class 8 retail volumes (same dealer sales) decreased 10 percent month-over-month, and were 30 percent lower compared to October of 2021, according to the latest preliminary release of the State of the Industry: U.S. Classes 3-8 Used... Read Story
November 16, 2022, 07:00 AM


According to ACT Research’s latest release of the North American Commercial Vehicle OUTLOOK, 2022 forecasts this month are slightly raised from October thanks to easing supply-chain constraints. Current economic activity aside, as long as inflation... Read Story
November 14, 2022, 07:06 AM


Preliminary NA Class 8 net orders in October were 42,500 units, while NA Classes 5-7 net orders were 23,400 units. Complete industry data for October, including final order numbers, will be published by ACT Research in mid-November.“The strength in... Read Story
November 03, 2022, 07:00 AM


In the release of its Commercial Vehicle Dealer Digest, ACT Research reported slightly lowered forecasts due to the Fed’s continued action toward inflation, disproportionally impacting the freight economy.According to Kenny Vieth, ACT’s President and... Read Story
November 01, 2022, 07:02 AM


September net U.S. trailer orders of 26,086 units were 47 percent higher compared to last month, but 8 percent below the year-ago September level, according to this month’s issue of ACT Research’s State of the Industry: U.S. Trailers... Read Story
October 28, 2022, 07:01 AM


According to ACT Research’s recently released Transportation Digest, the top line on the Class 8 Tractor Dashboard dropped in August to a -3 reading, the fifth moderately downbeat reading in six months.“Dashboard readings to date suggest a more... Read Story
October 25, 2022, 07:05 AM


The latest release of ACT Research’s For-Hire Trucking Index showed volume, productivity and the supply-demand balance all declined in September.Concerning volume, Tim Denoyer, Vice President & Senior Analyst at ACT Research, commented, “It’s getting... Read Story
October 24, 2022, 07:00 AM


Preliminary reports show that net trailer orders in September were 25,700 units, up about 45 percent from August, but around 10 percent lower than the same month last year. Final September results will be available later this month. “With more 2023... Read Story
October 21, 2022, 07:00 AM


Preliminary used Class 8 retail volumes (same dealer sales) decreased 9 percent month-over-month, and were 29 percent lower compared to September of 2021, according to the latest preliminary release of the State of the Industry: U.S. Classes 3-8 Used... Read Story
October 20, 2022, 07:05 AM


According to ACT Research’s latest release of the North American Commercial Vehicle OUTLOOK, forecasts this month are slightly lower than September due to stubborn inflation and the Fed’s continued firm action toward bringing it down to their 2... Read Story
October 14, 2022, 07:00 AM


ACT Research announced the release of DRIVING AUTOMATION, a report and total-cost-of-ownership (TCO) model covering commercial autonomous vehicles in North America. ACT Research, the gold standard in market data, forecasting, and TCO development for... Read Story
October 11, 2022, 07:00 AM


ACT Research reported preliminary NA Class 8 net orders in September were 53,700 units, while NA Classes 5-7 net orders were 26,600 units. Complete industry data for September, including final order numbers, will be published by ACT Research in... Read Story
October 05, 2022, 07:07 AM


In the release of its Commercial Vehicle Dealer Digest, ACT Research reported essentially unchanged forecasts from last month—demand remains healthy, production remains constrained, and freight rates and volumes managed to squeak out small... Read Story
September 30, 2022, 07:03 AM


According to ACT Research’s recently released Transportation Digest, the top line on the Class 8 Tractor Dashboard improved in July to a neutral -2 reading, closing out four consecutive months of moderately downbeat readings. “Our interpretation is a... Read Story
September 26, 2022, 07:10 AM


The latest release of ACT Research’s For-Hire Trucking Index showed August volume flat and productivity down, with the Supply-Demand Balance and capacity rising marginally.Kenny Vieth, President & Senior Analyst at ACT Research, said, “While Volume... Read Story
September 23, 2022, 07:00 AM


Preliminary reports show that net trailer orders in August were 17,700 units, up about 6 percent from July, but a significant 39 percent higher than the same month last year, according to ACT Research. Final August results will be available later... Read Story
September 21, 2022, 07:05 AM


Preliminary used Class 8 retail volumes (same dealer sales) increased 43 percent month-over-month, but were 15 percent lower compared to August of 2021, according to the latest preliminary release of the State of the Industry: U.S. Classes 3-8 Used... Read Story
September 16, 2022, 07:10 AM


According to ACT Research’s latest release of the North American Commercial Vehicle OUTLOOK, forecasts this month are essentially unchanged from last month. Demand remains healthy, production remains constrained by supply-chain disruptions and tight... Read Story
September 14, 2022, 07:00 AM


Preliminary NA Class 8 net orders in August were 21,600 units, while NA Classes 5-7 net orders were 18,400 units. “Last month, we sounded a note of caution, with the caveat that there were a number of mitigating factors (extended backlogs, order... Read Story
September 06, 2022, 07:00 AM


According to the latest release of the State of the Industry: U.S. Classes 3-8 Used Trucks, published by ACT Research, used Class 8 retail volumes (same dealer sales) were down 10 percent month-over-month in July. Average price and miles were down 1... Read Story
August 29, 2022, 07:05 AM


According to ACT Research’s recently released Transportation Digest, the top line on the Class 8 Tractor Dashboard was unchanged in June, the fourth month of moderately downbeat readings.“Our interpretation is a gradual erosion for Class 8 market... Read Story
August 24, 2022, 07:10 AM


The latest release of ACT Research’s For-Hire Trucking Index showed volume and productivity up, with the Supply-Demand Balance in July rising as the increase in volumes outweighed the increase in capacity.Tim Denoyer, Vice President & Senior Analyst... Read Story
August 23, 2022, 07:00 AM


According to ACT Research’s (ACT) latest State of the Industry: NA Classes 5-8 Report, surging inflation, the Fed hiking interest rates into a potential recession, and supply-chain disruptions remain overarching themes.According to Kenny Vieth, ACT... Read Story
August 22, 2022, 07:00 AM


July net U.S. trailer orders of 16,997 units were 33 percent lower compared to last month, but more than 103 percent above the year-ago July level, according to this month’s issue of ACT Research’s State of the Industry: U.S. Trailers report.“OEMS... Read Story
August 19, 2022, 07:00 AM


ACT Research has published a North American commercial vehicle and transportation prebuy analysis, Bigger Than Ever?: The Higher the Cost, The Bigger the Prebuy, which analyzes the new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Notice of Proposed... Read Story
August 17, 2022, 07:17 AM


According to ACT Research’s latest release of the North American Commercial Vehicle OUTLOOK, ACT shifted forecasts last month to incorporate an inbound recession, and this month’s forecast changes were mostly characterized by smaller adjustments... Read Story
August 12, 2022, 06:59 AM


For the first five months of 2022, U.S. and Canadian Class 8 natural gas truck retail sales rose 11 percent year-to-date against comparisons of the same time period in 2021, as published in the quarterly report (AFQ: Alternative Fuels Quarterly)... Read Story
August 08, 2022, 07:02 AM


Preliminary NA Class 8 net orders in July were 11,400 units, while NA Classes 5-7 net orders were 13,500 units. Complete industry data for July, including final order numbers, will be published by ACT Research in mid-August.“Do we think July’s weak... Read Story
August 03, 2022, 07:00 AM


According to the latest release of the State of the Industry: U.S. Classes 3-8 Used Trucks, published by ACT Research, used Class 8 retail volumes (same dealer sales) were 1% higher month-over-month. Longer term, volumes dropped 44% y/y and were 34%... Read Story
July 27, 2022, 07:05 AM


The latest release of ACT Research’s For-Hire Trucking Index showed volume and pricing down, with capacity still on the high side, resulting in a lower Supply-Demand Balance in June.Carter Vieth, Research Associate at ACT Research, said, “The reading... Read Story
July 22, 2022, 07:00 AM


Preliminary reports show that net trailer orders in June were 15,300 units, down about 21 percent from the previous month, but up a significant 33 percent from the same month last year. Final June results will be available later this month.ACT... Read Story
July 18, 2022, 07:00 AM


Preliminary NA Class 8 net orders in June were 15,500 units, while NA Classes 5-7 net orders were 17,800 units. Complete industry data for June, including final order numbers, will be published by ACT Research in mid-July.“Seasonal adjustment lifts... Read Story
July 06, 2022, 07:05 AM


According to ACT Research’s recently released Transportation Digest, the top line on the Class 8 Tractor Dashboard dropped again in April.“The Tractor Dashboard result affirms the steady and steep erosion in prospective business conditions for Class... Read Story
July 01, 2022, 07:00 AM


According to the latest release of the State of the Industry: U.S. Classes 3-8 Used Trucks, published by ACT Research, used Class 8 retail volumes (same dealer sales) were 8 percent higher month-over-month. Longer term, volumes were down 38 percent... Read Story
June 28, 2022, 06:20 AM


May net U.S. trailer orders of 19,445 units were virtually unchanged compared to April, down just 0.8 percent month over month, but were 93 percent higher compared to May 2021, according to this month’s issue of ACT Research’s State of the Industry:... Read Story
June 24, 2022, 07:05 AM


Preliminary used Class 8 retail volumes (same dealer sales) fell 10 percent month-over-month, and were 40 percent lower compared to May of 2021, according to the latest preliminary release of the State of the Industry: U.S. Classes 3-8 Used Trucks... Read Story
June 21, 2022, 07:00 AM


Preliminary reports show net trailer orders in May were 18,300 units, down about 7 percent from the previous month, but up a significant 111 percent from May last year, according to ACT Research. Final May results will be available later this... Read Story
June 17, 2022, 07:05 AM


According to ACT Research’s latest release of the North American Commercial Vehicle OUTLOOK, while ACT Research still believes a soft landing is the U.S. economy’s most likely path, the potential for a mild recession is becoming an increasingly... Read Story
June 14, 2022, 07:00 AM


April net U.S. trailer orders of 19,614 units decreased more than 48 percent from the previous month, but were 23 percent higher compared to April of 2021, according to this month’s issue of ACT Research’s State of the Industry: U.S. Trailer... Read Story
May 26, 2022, 07:05 AM


According to ACT Research’s recently released Transportation Digest, the top line on the Class 8 tractor dashboard took another tumble in March, extending the drop that started in January.The report, which combines proprietary ACT data and analysis... Read Story
May 25, 2022, 07:00 AM


According to ACT Research’s latest State of the Industry: NA Classes 5-8 Report, the deterioration of some freight-related metrics that began in March continued through April and into early May.Eric Crawford, ACT Research’s Vice President and Senior... Read Story
May 19, 2022, 07:00 AM


Preliminary used Class 8 volumes (same dealer sales) fell 40 percent month-over-month, and were 33 percent lower compared to April of 2021, according to the latest preliminary release of the State of the Industry: U.S. Classes 3-8 Used Trucks... Read Story
May 17, 2022, 07:10 AM


ACT Research released the latest installment of the ACT Freight Forecast, U.S. Rate and Volume OUTLOOK report.Tim Denoyer, ACT Research’s Vice President and Senior Analyst, said, “As recently as the start of the year, pricing power in the truckload... Read Story
May 16, 2022, 07:00 AM


Preliminary reports show that net trailer orders in April were 16,100 units, down almost 60 percent from the previous month and up slightly from the same month last year, according to ACT Research’s State of the Industry: U.S. Trailers report.“While... Read Story
May 13, 2022, 07:02 AM


According to ACT Research’s latest release of the North American Commercial Vehicle OUTLOOK, while ACT Research still likes the footing of the U.S. economy, with consumers sitting on considerable savings, debt-service historically low, and the job... Read Story
May 11, 2022, 07:00 AM


Preliminary NA Class 8 net orders in April were 15,800 units, while NA Classes 5-7 net orders slid to 19,500 units. Complete industry data for April, including final order numbers, will be published by ACT Research in mid-May. “With backlog ahead of... Read Story
May 04, 2022, 07:03 AM


In the release of its Commercial Vehicle Dealer Digest, ACT Research reported that in early April, following the publication of a “the sky is falling” op-ed in a transportation industry trade publication, ACT’s staff received questions relating to... Read Story
April 29, 2022, 07:00 AM


March net U.S. trailer orders of 37,901 units increased more than 40 percent from the previous month and were nearly 28 percent higher compared to March 2021. Before accounting for cancellations, new orders of 38,400 grew roughly 37 percent versus... Read Story
April 28, 2022, 07:00 AM


According to the latest release of the State of the Industry: U.S. Classes 3-8 Used Trucks, published by ACT Research, used Class 8 retail volumes (same dealer sales) were 11 percent higher month-over-month. Longer term, volumes were down 27 percent... Read Story
April 27, 2022, 07:00 AM


For the first two months of 2022, U.S. and Canadian Class 8 natural gas truck retail sales rose 21 percent year-to-date against comparisons of the same time period in 2021, as published in the quarterly report (AFQ: Alternative Fuels Quarterly)... Read Story
April 26, 2022, 07:00 AM


According to ACT Research’s recently released Transportation Digest, the top line on ACT’s Tractor Dashboard in February extended the steep-pitched decline of January, taking the dashboard top line tally from double-digits in January to zero.The... Read Story
April 25, 2022, 06:58 AM


Preliminary used Class 8 retail volumes (same dealer sales) grew 23 percent month-over-month, but were 23 percent lower compared to March of 2021, according to the latest preliminary release of the State of the Industry: U.S. Classes 3-8 Used Trucks... Read Story
April 21, 2022, 07:05 AM


According to ACT Research’s (ACT) latest State of the Industry: NA Classes 5-8 Report, lagging Russia’s invasion of Ukraine by about one month, some freight-related metrics looked increasingly tired in March and early April, but there’s more to the... Read Story
April 19, 2022, 07:00 AM


According to ACT Research’s latest release of the North American Commercial Vehicle OUTLOOK, for the first time since the second quarter 2020 transportation metrics stopped moving “up and to the right” in Q1 2022.According to Kenny Vieth, ACT’s... Read Story
April 18, 2022, 07:03 AM


Preliminary reports show net trailer orders in March reached the highest level since December 2020, according to ACT Research. Bookings of 37,900 units were up 40 percent month-over-month and 28 percent better year-over-year. Final March results will... Read Story
April 14, 2022, 06:55 AM


February net U.S. trailer orders of 27,041 units increased about 1 percent from the previous month and were 6 percent higher compared to February of 2021. Before accounting for cancellations, new orders of 28,100 units were virtually unchanged versus... Read Story
March 28, 2022, 07:00 AM


According to ACT Research’s (ACT) latest State of the Industry: NA Classes 5-8 Report, while the economic set-up remains favorable, considerable friction and uncertainty have been added, with many more loose ends in the economic story than there were... Read Story
March 21, 2022, 07:00 AM


Preliminary used Class 8 retail volumes (same dealer sales) grew 20 percent month-over-month, but were 14 percent lower compared to February 2021, according to the latest preliminary release of the State of the Industry: U.S. Classes 3-8 Used Trucks... Read Story
March 16, 2022, 07:00 AM


The order pace for U.S. trailers that closed 2021 and opened 2022 continued for the third straight month in February, according to ACT Research. Preliminary estimates point to OEMs booking 26,500 net orders for the month, down 0.7 percent... Read Story
March 15, 2022, 07:00 AM


According to ACT Research’s latest release of the North American Commercial Vehicle OUTLOOK, supply-chain constraints kept a lid on the industry’s ability to raise build rates through 2021, and just as the supply of chips was starting to improve, the... Read Story
March 11, 2022, 07:00 AM


According to the recently released N.A. Commercial Vehicle On-Highway Engine OUTLOOK, published by ACT Research and Rhein Associates, partnerships and investments to support new powertrains for and lower carbon emissions from commercial vehicle... Read Story
March 10, 2022, 07:00 AM


Preliminary NA Class 8 net orders in February were 21,000 units, while NA Classes 5-7 net orders rose to 18,300 units, according to ACT Research. “Constrained production capabilities and long backlogs continue to impede new order activity. Based on... Read Story
March 04, 2022, 07:00 AM


January net U.S. trailer orders of 26,595 units increased less than 1 percent from the previous month and were more than 15 percent lower compared to January of 2021. Before accounting for cancellations, new orders of 28,000 units were down about 2... Read Story
March 03, 2022, 07:05 AM


ACT Research began its 66th Seminar with a panel discussion about the current state and future of U.S. economics. Panelists included Bryan Bezold, Senior Economist at Ford; as well as ACT’s Principal, Industry Analyst, Jim Meil; and Chief Economist... Read Story
March 01, 2022, 07:03 AM


According to ACT Research’s (ACT) latest State of the Industry: NA Classes 5-8 Report, for much of the past 20 months post-lockdown, economic conditions have been idyllic broadly, and particularly for commercial vehicle demand.According to Kenny... Read Story
February 22, 2022, 07:00 AM


According to this quarter’s issue of ACT Research’s Trailer Components Report, the U.S. trailer industry backlog grew 3 percent sequentially in December, but ended 2021 9 percent below the previous year.“Overall, last year closed with the U.S.... Read Story
February 18, 2022, 07:02 AM


Preliminary used Class 8 retail volumes (same dealer sales) shrank 8 percent month-over-month and were 32 percent lower compared to January of 2021, according to the latest preliminary release of the State of the Industry: U.S. Classes 3-8 Used... Read Story
February 16, 2022, 07:05 AM


According to ACT Research’s latest release of the North American Commercial Vehicle OUTLOOK, supply-chain constraints kept a lid on the industry’s ability to raise build rates through 2021, at least until December when a torrent of... Read Story
February 14, 2022, 07:05 AM


In the release of its Commercial Vehicle Dealer Digest, ACT Research reported that as supply-chain constraints continue to dominate the conversation, broad-based economic and freight market strength is often overlooked.Kenny Vieth, ACT’s President... Read Story
January 31, 2022, 07:03 AM


December net U.S. trailer orders of 26,382 units decreased nearly 18 percent from the previous month and were nearly 41 percent lower than December 2020. Before accounting for cancellations, new orders of 28,500 units were down about 16 percent... Read Story
January 26, 2022, 07:00 AM


According to ACT Research’s recently released Transportation Digest, the six key themes that shaped the North American commercial vehicle markets in 2021 will continue to do so in 2022, and likely beyond.“The factors impacting the market start and... Read Story
January 25, 2022, 07:06 AM


Preliminary reports show trailer net orders closed on a softer note, with OEMs booking 26,600 units in December, according to ACT Research. That was 17 percent lower than November and 40 percent below the previous year’s volume. Final December... Read Story
January 14, 2022, 07:05 AM


In the release of its Commercial Vehicle Dealer Digest, ACT Research reported that despite rock-solid demand across the spectrum of forward-looking medium and heavy-duty vehicle market indicators, industry capacity remains range-bound across a broad... Read Story
January 05, 2022, 07:05 AM


According to the latest release of the State of the Industry: U.S. Classes 3-8 Used Trucks, published by ACT Research, used Class 8 retail volumes (same dealer sales) were 15 percent lower month-over-month. Longer term, volumes were down 16 percent... Read Story
December 27, 2021, 07:00 AM


November net U.S. trailer orders of 32,103 units increased more than 84 percent from the previous month, but were nearly 20 percent lower compared to November of 2020. Before accounting for cancellations, new orders of 33,900 units were up more than... Read Story
December 22, 2021, 07:05 AM


Preliminary reports show trailer net orders rebounded in November, as some OEMs began to further solidify their 2022 production plans. Net orders of 31,000 trailers were posted during the month, a 78 percent increase from October, although it trailed... Read Story
December 13, 2021, 07:00 AM


Preliminary NA Class 8 net orders in November were 9,800 units, while NA Classes 5-7 net orders dropped to 21,500 units, both representing lower sequential and year-over-year readings. Complete industry data for November, including final order... Read Story
December 06, 2021, 07:00 AM


October net U.S. trailer orders of 17,405 units fell more than 38 percent from the previous month and were nearly 69 percent lower compared to October of 2020. Before accounting for cancellations, new orders of 19,600 units were down almost 40... Read Story
November 24, 2021, 07:05 AM


According to ACT Research’s recently released Transportation Digest, the front-and-center concerns of the commercial vehicle industry at the moment are supply-chain constraints, as well as the inflationary ramifications that flow from them.“In... Read Story
November 23, 2021, 07:05 AM


According to ACT Research’s (ACT) latest State of the Industry: NA Classes 5-8 Report, with total Classes 5-8 build rates flat sequentially and essentially stuck at the year-to-date average, the supply-demand setup for the entire industry remains... Read Story
November 18, 2021, 07:00 AM


Preliminary used Class 8 volumes (same dealer sales) decreased 3 percent month over month and dropped 24 percent year over year in October. That said, through the first 10 months of the year, activity is 4 percent higher compared to the same period a... Read Story
November 17, 2021, 07:00 AM


October preliminary net trailer orders of 16,700 units were down approximately 40 percent from September and off 70 percent from last year’s peak order month, according to ACT Research. Final October volume will be available later this month.“It’s... Read Story
November 16, 2021, 07:00 AM


Preliminary NA Class 8 net orders in October were 23,600 units, while NA Classes 5-7 net orders dropped to 21,900 units, both representing lower sequential and year-over-year readings. Complete industry data for October, including final order numbers... Read Story
November 03, 2021, 07:00 AM


According to ACT Research’s Transportation Digest, near-term signs of demand remain strong, while supply constraints dictate that ACT Research’s forecasts for the next year remain under pressure.“For heavy trucks, no less than for medium and light... Read Story
November 01, 2021, 07:00 AM


According to the latest release of the State of the Industry: U.S. Classes 3-8 Used Trucks, published by ACT Research, used Class 8 volumes (same dealer sales) were 1 percent higher month-over-month. Longer term, volumes were down 23 percent year... Read Story
October 28, 2021, 07:00 AM


September net U.S. trailer orders of 28,127 units rose nearly 126 percent from the previous month, but were more than 45 percent lower compared to September of 2020. Before accounting for cancellations, new orders of 32,400 units were up almost 140... Read Story
October 25, 2021, 07:00 AM


According to ACT Research’s latest State of the Industry: NA Classes 5-8 Report, the supply-demand setup for the entire industry remains unchanged. Despite rock-solid demand metrics across the spectrum of medium- and heavy-duty vehicle types... Read Story
October 22, 2021, 06:50 AM


Preliminary used Class 8 volumes (same dealer sales) increased 5 percent month-over-month, but dropped 25 percent year over year in September. Through the first nine months of the year, activity is 3 percent higher compared to the same period a year... Read Story
October 15, 2021, 07:10 AM


Preliminary reports show trailer OEMs posted 28,500 net orders in September, according to ACT Research. That was a 130 percent sequential surge over August, but trailed the same month last year by 45 percent. Final September volume will be available... Read Story
October 14, 2021, 07:05 AM


According to ACT Research’s latest release of the North American Commercial Vehicle OUTLOOK, near-term commercial vehicle production forecasts have been trimmed again, amid continued supply-side constraints.According to Steve Tam, ACT’s Vice... Read Story
October 12, 2021, 07:00 AM


In the release of its Commercial Vehicle Dealer Digest, ACT Research reported that commercial vehicle demand-side activity remains at as-good-as-it-gets levels.Regarding demand metrics, Kenny Vieth, ACT’s President and Senior Analyst, noted, “ACT’s... Read Story
September 30, 2021, 07:00 AM


According to ACT Research’s recently released Transportation Digest, North America’s commercial vehicle industry is experiencing material capacity constraints that are dictating the speed at which the industry can produce for the rest of this year... Read Story
September 27, 2021, 07:12 AM


August net U.S. trailer orders of 12,336 units rose nearly 52 percent from the previous month, but were almost 57 percent lower compared to August of 2020. Before accounting for cancellations, new orders of 13,400 units were up almost 41 percent... Read Story
September 23, 2021, 07:03 AM


According to ACT Research’s (ACT) latest State of the Industry: NA Classes 5-8 Report, there has not been much change in trajectory of macro datapoints that are influencing commercial vehicle demand. Except for the asterisk that is the COVID Delta... Read Story
September 21, 2021, 07:00 AM


Preliminary used Class 8 volumes (same dealer sales) dropped 5 percent month-over-month and 24 percent year over year in August. Through the first eight months of the year, activity is 8 percent higher compared to the same period a year ago... Read Story
September 20, 2021, 07:00 AM


ACT Research released the latest installment of the ACT Freight Forecast, U.S. Rate and Volume OUTLOOK report.Tim Denoyer, ACT Research’s Vice President and Senior Analyst, said, “Freight markets remain tight as we head into a clearly historic peak... Read Story
September 14, 2021, 07:05 AM


According to ACT Research’s latest release of the North American Commercial Vehicle OUTLOOK, commercial vehicle production forecasts for this year and next have been cut again, amid continued supply-side constraints.According to Kenny Vieth, ACT’s... Read Story
September 13, 2021, 07:08 AM


According to the N.A. Commercial Vehicle On-Highway Engine OUTLOOK, published by ACT Research and Rhein Associates, discussion and investment to support new powertrains for and lower carbon emissions from commercial vehicle fleets continues.... Read Story
September 10, 2021, 07:00 AM


Preliminary NA Class 8 net orders in August were 36,900 units, while NA Classes 5-7 net orders jumped to 31,900 units, both representing five-month high readings. Complete industry data for August, to include final order numbers, will be published by... Read Story
September 03, 2021, 07:00 AM


According to the latest release of the State of the Industry: U.S. Classes 3-8 Used Trucks, published by ACT Research, used Class 8 volumes (same dealer sales) were 4 percent lower month-over-month. Longer term, volumes were down 18 percent year over... Read Story
August 26, 2021, 07:05 AM


Again, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, ACT Research began its 65th Seminar via a virtual platform, with a panel discussion about the current state and future of U.S. economics. Panelists included Jon Horvath, Director Economics and Marketplace... Read Story
August 25, 2021, 07:05 AM


The latest release of ACT Research’s For-Hire Trucking Index, with July data, showed an uptick in volumes and pricing moderating, with a still-strong supply-demand balance.Tim Denoyer, Vice President and Senior Analyst at ACT Research, commented... Read Story
August 23, 2021, 07:05 AM


According to ACT Research’s recently released Transportation Digest, the metrics ACT Research is tracking underscore how robust current market conditions are, but also hint at COVID and other vulnerabilities.The report, which combines proprietary ACT... Read Story
August 20, 2021, 06:48 AM


Preliminary reports show trailer OEMs posted 7,100 net orders in July, roughly two-thirds of June’s volume and 63 percent less than the same month last year, according to ACT Research. Final July volume will be available later this month. “Trailer... Read Story
August 12, 2021, 07:05 AM


Preliminary NA Class 8 net orders in July were 25,800 units, unchanged compared to June’s actual 25,809 orders booked. NA Classes 5-7 net orders jumped 30 percent from June and 70 percent from a year ago, to 30,200 units. Complete industry data for... Read Story
August 04, 2021, 07:10 AM


In the release of its Commercial Vehicle Dealer Digest, ACT Research reported its heavy-duty forecasts for the remainder of this year and the following two years remain very strong.“Indicators we track for the economy, for freight and for equipment... Read Story
July 28, 2021, 07:05 AM


According to the latest release of the State of the Industry: U.S. Classes 3-8 Used Trucks, published by ACT Research, used Class 8 volumes (same dealer sales) were 1 percent lower month-over-month. Longer term, volumes were down 5 percent year over... Read Story
July 27, 2021, 07:05 AM


According to ACT Research’s Transportation Digest, forecast stability this year has been driven by three factors: major positive momentum carried-over from 2020, the struggle of manufacturers to push production even higher in the face of record heavy... Read Story
July 26, 2021, 07:00 AM


According to ACT Research’s (ACT) latest State of the Industry: NA Classes 5-8 Report, with demand for commercial vehicles surging, any number of conversations the past few months have been around the opening of the OEMs’ 2022 order books.“There are... Read Story
July 19, 2021, 07:00 AM


Preliminary reports show trailer OEMs posted 11,100 net orders in June, 20 percent above May orders, but 19 percent below the same point last year. Final June volume will be available later this month, ACT Research reports. “While the sequential... Read Story
July 16, 2021, 07:06 AM


Preliminary NA Class 8 net orders in June were 25,700 units, up 11 percent from May, and a still robust 61 percent higher than June of 2020’s COVID-impacted intake. NA Classes 5-7, with orders at 22,800 units, slipped 12 percent from May, according... Read Story
July 06, 2021, 07:00 AM


According to the latest release of the State of the Industry: U.S. Classes 3-8 Used Trucks, published by ACT Research, used Class 8 volumes (same dealer sales) were 12 percent lower month-over-month, but significantly higher year over year and year... Read Story
June 30, 2021, 07:05 AM


In the release of its Commercial Vehicle Dealer Digest, ACT Research reported that, as expected and aligning with preliminary data, North American Class 8 net orders were soft in May, as full 2021 backlogs and as-yet fully opened 2022 order books... Read Story
June 28, 2021, 07:00 AM


Preliminary reports show trailer OEMs posted 8,800 net orders in May, off 39 percent versus April, but almost 170 percent better than the COVID-impacted level last year, ACT Research reported. Final May volume will be available later this month. “The... Read Story
June 14, 2021, 07:04 AM


According to ACT Research’s latest release of the North American Commercial Vehicle OUTLOOK, the question of commercial vehicle demand for 2021 has already been answered, and for the first time ever, this perspective is illuminated by all positive... Read Story
June 11, 2021, 07:07 AM


According to the recently released N.A. Commercial Vehicle On-Highway Engine OUTLOOK, published by ACT Research and Rhein Associates, discussion continues about how internal combustion engines will meet future emissions standards for the latter part... Read Story
June 08, 2021, 07:07 AM


In the release of its Commercial Vehicle Dealer Digest, ACT Research reported the question of commercial vehicle demand for 2021 has been answered, but the remaining question is the industry’s ability to meet that level of demand.“This year’s... Read Story
June 07, 2021, 07:07 AM


According to ACT Research’s recently released Transportation Digest, the aggregate prosperity seen currently in the commercial vehicle industry, and in the U.S. economy as a whole, is a welcome contrast to the situation that existed a year ago.... Read Story
June 01, 2021, 07:00 AM


April net U.S. trailer orders of 14,387 units fell nearly 52 percent from the previous month and rose more than 3,600 percent compared to the severely COVID-impacted April of 2020. Before accounting for cancellations, new orders of 18,900 units were... Read Story
May 27, 2021, 07:05 AM


The latest release of ACT Research’s For-Hire Trucking Index, with April data, showed a slowing in volumes, strength in pricing, and a supply-demand balance that is still tight, but beginning to show early signs of rebalancing. The ACT For-Hire... Read Story
May 26, 2021, 07:05 AM


Preliminary reports from trailer OEMs indicate that 14,400 new trailer orders were booked in April, which was 52 percent lower than March, but a staggering 3,600 percent above the dramatically COVID-impacted volume for the same month last year. Final... Read Story
May 21, 2021, 07:12 AM


According to ACT Research’s (ACT) latest State of the Industry: NA Classes 5-8 Report, April Class 8 net orders pulled back to a seven-month low, with benign cancellations. ACT Research attributes the order pullback not to any slowing in demand, but... Read Story
May 19, 2021, 07:07 AM


Preliminary used Class 8 volumes (same dealer sales) dropped 2 percent month-over-month, but rose 51 percent year over year in April. Through the first four months of the year, activity is 29 percent higher compared to the same period a year ago... Read Story
May 17, 2021, 07:05 AM


According to ACT Research’s latest release of the North American Commercial Vehicle OUTLOOK, the question of commercial vehicle demand for 2021 has already been answered, but the number of units to be built this year remains a question of... Read Story
May 11, 2021, 07:05 AM


Preliminary NA Class 8 net orders in April were 33,500 units, down 16 percent from March, but a whopping 689 percent higher than April of last year’s COVID-19-stricken intake. NA Classes 5-7 demand, with orders at 27,300 units, slipped 15 percent... Read Story
May 05, 2021, 07:03 AM


The latest release of ACT Research’s For-Hire Trucking Index, with March data, showed a Driver Availability Index that has tightened to another new low point in the past three years, the fourth in a row.Tim Denoyer, ACT Research’s Vice President and... Read Story
May 03, 2021, 07:00 AM


In the release of its Commercial Vehicle Dealer Digest, ACT Research reported that there is much to like about the current state of the U.S. economy, as well as from both freight and commercial vehicle demand perspectives.“From an economic standpoint... Read Story
April 29, 2021, 07:05 AM


According to the latest release of the State of the Industry: U.S. Classes 3-8 Used Trucks, published by ACT Research, used Class 8 volumes (same dealer sales) grew for all time periods, up 28 percent sequentially, 25 percent higher year over year... Read Story
April 28, 2021, 07:00 AM


According to ACT Research’s recently released Transportation Digest, the current business environment for heavy-duty trucks doesn’t get much better than this.“Demand for commercial vehicles in North America is about as good as we’ve seen in 35 years... Read Story
April 27, 2021, 07:00 AM


ACT Research released its newest commercial electric vehicle (CEV) study, Charging Forward: 2020-2040 BEV & FCEV Forecast & Analysis, to charter subscribers on April 1 and is now making this report available to the public. This report is a follow-up... Read Story
April 21, 2021, 07:15 AM


Preliminary reports from trailer OEMs indicate 29,500 new trailer orders were booked in March, ACT Research reported. That was 12 percent better than February and more than triple the volume seen last year, when COVID-driven pressures began to... Read Story
April 15, 2021, 07:00 AM


ACT Research released the latest installment of the ACT Freight Forecast, U.S. Rate and Volume OUTLOOK report.Tim Denoyer, ACT Research’s Vice President and Senior Analyst, said, “With visibility on a strong freight cycle still unusually good, this... Read Story
April 13, 2021, 07:00 AM


According to ACT Research’s latest release of the North American Commercial Vehicle OUTLOOK, the list of things to like from the current economic, freight and commercial vehicle demand perspectives is long.According to Kenny Vieth, ACT’s President... Read Story
April 12, 2021, 07:20 AM


Preliminary NA Class 8 net orders in March were 40,000 units, down 10 percent from February, but a whopping 424 percent higher than March of last year’s COVID-stricken intake. NA Classes 5-7 demand, with orders at 31,400 units, were up 19 percent... Read Story
April 05, 2021, 07:20 AM


According to the latest release of the State of the Industry: U.S. Classes 3-8 Used Trucks, published by ACT Research, used Class 8 volumes (same dealer sales) fell sequentially (-7 percent month over month), while average sale price, miles and age... Read Story
March 30, 2021, 07:00 AM


February net U.S. trailer orders of 26,414 units fell nearly 16 percent from January, but rose almost 88 percent compared to February of 2020. Before accounting for cancellations, new orders of 28,300 units were down 14 percent versus January, but 74... Read Story
March 29, 2021, 07:10 AM


According to ACT Research’s recently released Transportation Digest, supply will be the determining factor of this year’s heavy-duty vehicle market – not demand, which remains hot.“All the indicators we use to track the heavy-duty truck market point... Read Story
March 24, 2021, 07:10 AM


Preliminary used Class 8 volumes (same dealer sales) fell 6 percent month over month and 8 percent year over year in February, but are 5 percent higher on a year-to-date basis compared to this time last year, according to the latest preliminary... Read Story
March 22, 2021, 07:00 AM


According to the recently released N.A. Commercial Vehicle On-Highway Engine OUTLOOK, published by ACT Research and Rhein Associates, the Biden administration’s focus includes prioritizing investment in new low carbon technologies to strengthen U.S.... Read Story
March 18, 2021, 07:00 AM


ACT Research released the latest installment of the ACT Freight Forecast, U.S. Rate and Volume OUTLOOK report. Tim Denoyer, ACT Research’s Vice President and Senior Analyst, said, “Pushing commercial vehicle demand forward, freight rates ended... Read Story
March 15, 2021, 07:00 AM


According to ACT Research’s latest release of the North American Commercial Vehicle OUTLOOK, the demand story for commercial vehicles remains unchanged this year, but the supply chain’s ability to respond to demand will be the key determinant of... Read Story
March 12, 2021, 07:06 AM


In the release of its Commercial Vehicle Dealer Digest, ACT Research reported that the freight-generating sectors of the economy are the strongest sectors at the start of 2021, with carrier profitability expected to rise to record levels this year... Read Story
March 09, 2021, 07:10 AM


The latest release of ACT Research’s For-Hire Trucking Index, with January data, showed a Driver Availability Index that has tightened to its lowest point in the past three years.The ACT For-Hire Trucking Index is a monthly survey of for-hire... Read Story
March 08, 2021, 07:05 AM


According to ACT Research’s recently released Transportation Digest, the heavy-duty truck market exploded off the starting blocks at the beginning of the year, with order numbers that build on 2020’s strong close.“The massive supply-demand imbalance... Read Story
March 05, 2021, 07:17 AM


Preliminary NA Class 8 net orders in February were 43,800 units, up 4 percent from January, and a 212 percent improvement from year-ago February. NA Classes 5-7 demand, with orders at 25,400 units, slid 4 percent sequentially but were still up 12... Read Story
March 03, 2021, 07:10 AM


According to this quarter’s issue of ACT Research’s Trailer Components Report, trailer net orders have pushed the industry backlog higher for the past seven months, with January’s order level 66 percent above current build rates.ACT Research’s U.S.... Read Story
March 02, 2021, 07:05 AM


January net U.S. trailer orders of 30,680 units fell more than 30 percent from the previous month, but rose nearly 105 percent compared to January of 2020. Before accounting for cancellations, new orders of 32,100 units were down 30 percent versus... Read Story
February 23, 2021, 07:05 AM


Preliminary used Class 8 volumes (same dealer sales) fell 8 percent month-over-month in January, but are 14 percent higher year-over-year compared to 2020, according to the latest preliminary release of the State of the Industry: U.S. Classes 3-8... Read Story
February 17, 2021, 07:00 AM


Preliminary reports indicate that January net order volume of 29,100 trailers was up 94 percent from the same month last year. That was also down 33 percent from December 2020 bookings, according to ACT Research. Final January volume will be... Read Story
February 16, 2021, 07:10 AM


According to ACT Research’s latest release of the North American Commercial Vehicle OUTLOOK, the demand story for commercial vehicles remains unchanged this year, but the supply chain’s ability to respond to demand will be the key determinant of... Read Story
February 12, 2021, 07:03 AM


Preliminary NA Class 8 net orders in January were 42,200 units, down 17 percent from December, but a 146 percent improvement from year-ago January. NA Classes 5-7 demand, with orders at 25,300 units, slid 28 percent sequentially but were still up 26... Read Story
February 03, 2021, 07:18 AM


According to the latest release of the State of the Industry: U.S. Classes 3-8 Used Trucks, published by ACT Research, used Class 8 same dealer sales volumes, average price and average age all rose month over month, up 13 percent, 3 percent and 1... Read Story
January 28, 2021, 07:00 AM


According to ACT Research’s recently released Transportation Digest, 2020 wasn’t all bad for truck transportation and the heavy-duty market. It wasn’t even half bad. It was one quarter bad.“The shock and magnitude of the second quarter economic... Read Story
January 27, 2021, 07:00 AM


December net U.S. trailer orders of 43,806 units grew 11 percent from the previous month and were up nearly 150 percent year-over-year. Before accounting for cancellations, new orders of 45,800 units were up 11 percent versus November, but 148... Read Story
January 22, 2021, 07:05 AM


According to ACT Research’s latest State of the Industry: NA Classes 5-8 Report, challenges facing commercial vehicle OEMs and suppliers in January 2021 are vastly different from those being addressed one year ago.“To repurpose a phrase, commercial... Read Story
January 20, 2021, 07:00 AM


Preliminary used Class 8 volumes (same dealer sales) rose 11 percent month-over-month in December, and are 25 percent higher year-to-date compared to 2019, according to the latest preliminary release of the State of the Industry: U.S. Classes 3-8... Read Story
January 19, 2021, 07:05 AM


Preliminary NA Class 8 net orders in December were 50,900 units, down 2 percent from November, but a 153 percent improvement from year-ago December. NA Classes 5-7 demand, with orders at 35,100 units, rose 28 percent sequentially and 73 percent... Read Story
January 07, 2021, 07:10 AM


According to the latest release of the State of the Industry: U.S. Classes 3-8 Used Trucks, published by ACT Research, used Class 8 same dealer sales volumes, average miles and average age all declined month over month, down 22 percent, 2 percent and... Read Story
December 28, 2020, 07:00 AM


November net U.S. trailer orders of 39,645 units fell nearly 28 percent from the previous month, but that followed a two-month order surge and still indicates a solid month. Net orders were up 100 percent year-over-year and more than 30 percent year... Read Story
December 24, 2020, 07:15 AM


In the release of its Commercial Vehicle Dealer Digest, ACT Research reported the strength in new commercial vehicle demand can be summed with strength in freight rates.“Despite, or arguably because of, the pandemic-related pause in Q2, commercial... Read Story
December 23, 2020, 07:05 AM


According to ACT Research’s recently released Transportation Digest, the 2020 heavy-duty truck market will close on a robust note, setting the stage for 2021.“Next year will certainly show significant year-over-year growth, as the industry builds on... Read Story
December 22, 2020, 07:05 AM


Preliminary information for November indicates that the U.S. trailer industry booked 39,500 net orders for the month, according to ACT Research. While down 28 percent from October, November volume was nearly double that seen in the same month last... Read Story
December 18, 2020, 07:00 AM


ACT Research released the latest installment of the ACT Freight Forecast, U.S. Rate and Volume OUTLOOK report.Tim Denoyer, ACT Research’s Vice President and Senior Analyst, said, “Freight is typically not a backlog business, but in the holiday season... Read Story
December 14, 2020, 07:10 AM


According to ACT Research’s latest release of the North American Commercial Vehicle OUTLOOK, the strength in new commercial vehicle demand is a direct result of strength in freight rates.According to Kenny Vieth, ACT’s President and Senior Analyst... Read Story
December 11, 2020, 07:10 AM


According to the recently released N.A. Commercial Vehicle On-Highway Engine OUTLOOK, published by ACT Research and Rhein Associates, the U.S. economy continues to improve, despite setbacks with increased COVID cases across the country. Additionally... Read Story
December 10, 2020, 06:30 AM


Preliminary NA Class 8 net orders in November were 51,900 units, up 33 percent from October and a 197 percent improvement from year-ago November. NA Classes 5-7 demand continued in-line with recent activity, at 27,200 units. That order volume... Read Story
December 03, 2020, 06:59 AM


According to ACT Research’s recently released Transportation Digest, from big fleets to owner-operators, and their vocational counterparts, motor carriers across-the-board have ridden a down-and-up roller coaster this year.“We’ve been tracking a... Read Story
November 25, 2020, 07:02 AM


October net U.S. trailer orders of 54,691 units posted another sequential improvement, up nearly 7 percent from September’s rise and well above October 2019’s level (up 70 percent). Before accounting for cancellations, new orders of 57,000 units were... Read Story
November 23, 2020, 07:10 AM


According to ACT Research’s (ACT) latest State of the Industry: NA Classes 5-8 Report, the pandemic’s toll has not been evenly distributed across the U.S. economy. Transportation is one segment that has fared better than others, and that, in turn... Read Story
November 20, 2020, 07:03 AM


Preliminary used Class 8 volumes (same dealer sales) dropped 10 percent month-over-month in October, but are 10 percent higher year-to-date compared to the first 10 months of 2019, according to the latest preliminary release of the State of the... Read Story
November 18, 2020, 07:02 AM


ACT Research released the latest installment of the ACT Freight Forecast, U.S. Rate and Volume OUTLOOK report.Tim Denoyer, ACT Research’s Vice President and Senior Analyst, said, “The substitution of spending to goods and away from services is... Read Story
November 17, 2020, 07:00 AM


ACT Research reported preliminary information for October indicates the U.S. trailer industry booked 54,200 net orders for the month, up 6 percent from September and more than 68 percent better than the same month last year. Before accounting for... Read Story
November 13, 2020, 07:10 AM


According to ACT Research’s latest release of the North American Commercial Vehicle OUTLOOK, even before the pandemic plunge in Q2, there was never serious doubt that the demand for commercial vehicles would rise in 2021.According to Kenny Vieth... Read Story
November 12, 2020, 07:09 AM


Preliminary NA Class 8 net orders in October were 38,900 units, up 27 percent from September and a 78 percent improvement from year-ago October. NA Classes 5-7 demand jumped to a 10-quarter high (March 2018) in October, to 29,300 units. That order... Read Story
November 04, 2020, 07:00 AM


September net U.S. trailer orders of 51,208 units were a significant improvement (up 82 percent) from August’s uptick and well above September 2019’s level (up 174 percent). Before accounting for cancellations, new orders of 52,000 units were up 77... Read Story
October 22, 2020, 07:00 AM


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... Read Story
October 20, 2020, 07:12 AM


ACT Research released the latest installment of the ACT Freight Forecast, U.S. Rate and Volume OUTLOOK report.“Although we expect some easing in the truckload market after the holidays due to driver pay increases and the end of extended unemployment... Read Story
October 13, 2020, 07:00 AM


Preliminary NA Class 8 net orders in September were 31,100 units, up 60 percent from August and a whopping 145 percent from an easy year-ago comparison. The NA Classes 5-7 market saw orders at a healthy 26,900 units, up 37 percent month-over-month... Read Story
October 05, 2020, 07:07 AM


The latest release of ACT Research’s For-Hire Trucking Index, with August data, showed a continuing tight trucking market, with volume and rate surges ongoing and driver availability deteriorating. August’s Volume Index rose to 67.9 (SA), and... Read Story
September 25, 2020, 07:05 AM


August net U.S. trailer orders of 28,139 units were a significant improvement (up 49 percent) from July’s uptick and well above August 2019’s level (up 160 percent). Before accounting for cancellations, new orders of 29,000 units were up 46 percent... Read Story
September 21, 2020, 07:15 AM


According to ACT Research’s (ACT) latest State of the Industry: NA Classes 5-8 Report, the US economy is recovering from the early-year pandemic-driven shutdowns, but on a K-shaped trajectory, rather than the earlier speculated V, U or L-like paths.... Read Story
September 18, 2020, 07:00 AM


Preliminary information for August indicates the U.S. trailer industry booked 27,500 net orders for the month, a 46 percent improvement from July and more than 150 percent better than the same month last year, ACT Research reported. Before accounting... Read Story
September 16, 2020, 07:00 AM


ACT Research released the September installment of the ACT Freight Forecast, U.S. Rate and Volume OUTLOOK report.Tim Denoyer, ACT Research’s Vice President and Senior Analyst, said, “The nearly two-year freight recession is finally ending, but the... Read Story
September 11, 2020, 07:05 AM


Preliminary NA Class 8 net orders in August were 19,500 units, down 4 percent from July, but up 75 percent from an easy year-ago comparison. The NA Classes 5-7 market saw orders at a healthy 19,400 units, up 16 percent month-over-month, but 2 percent... Read Story
September 03, 2020, 07:15 AM


According to the recently released N.A. Commercial Vehicle On-Highway Engine OUTLOOK, published by ACT Research and Rhein Associates, economic indicators in recent months suggest the worst of the COVID-19 impact is in the rearview mirror. The report... Read Story
September 02, 2020, 07:00 AM


In the release of its Commercial Vehicle Dealer Digest, ACT Research reported that freight markets continue to be less impacted by the pandemic than the economy at large, and that a vaccine is seen as the key to unlocking a more broad-based recovery... Read Story
August 31, 2020, 07:00 AM


According to ACT Research’s recently released Transportation Digest, COVID-19 is just one of several factors that could impact commercial vehicle forecasts now and in the foreseeable future.“The general trend of the COVID contagion curve through July... Read Story
August 28, 2020, 07:13 AM


According to the latest release of the State of the Industry: U.S. Classes 3-8 Used Trucks, published by ACT Research, used Class 8 same dealer sales volumes were up 13 percent year-to-date against the first seven months of 2019, with average price... Read Story
August 26, 2020, 07:07 AM


According to this quarter’s issue of ACT Research’s Trailer Components Report, analysis of the last decade of trailer production shows that the industry opened the year at an average production pace until the shelter-in-place lockdowns began in late... Read Story
August 25, 2020, 07:00 AM


July net U.S. trailer orders of 18,851 units were a significant improvement (up 40 percent) from June’s uptick and well above July 2019’s level (up 80 percent). Before accounting for cancellations, new orders of 20,000 units were up 26 percent versus... Read Story
August 21, 2020, 07:10 AM


According to ACT Research’s (ACT) latest State of the Industry: NA Classes 5-8 Report, the U.S. economy continued to post good numbers in July, including a 1.2 percent month-over-month increase in retail sales, indicating that consumers’ wallets... Read Story
August 19, 2020, 07:05 AM


Preliminary used Class 8 volumes (same dealer sales) grew 16 percent month-over-month in July, according to the latest preliminary release of the State of the Industry: U.S. Classes 3-8 Used Trucks published by ACT Research. Longer-term, volumes rose... Read Story
August 14, 2020, 07:00 AM


ACT Research released the August installment of the ACT Freight Forecast, U.S. Rate and Volume OUTLOOK report. Tim Denoyer, ACT Research’s Vice President and Senior Analyst, said, “A freight recovery amidst a driver shortage has driven an acutely... Read Story
August 11, 2020, 07:10 AM


Preliminary NA Class 8 net orders in July were 20,300 units, rising 27 percent from June, and up 98 percent from a very easy year-ago comparison. The NA Classes 5-7 market saw orders slip to 16,700 units, down 6 percent month-over-month and 3 percent... Read Story
August 05, 2020, 07:15 AM


According to the latest release of the State of the Industry: U.S. Classes 3-8 Used Trucks, published by ACT Research, used Class 8 same dealer sales volumes were up 6% year-to-date against the first half of 2019, with average price, miles and age... Read Story
July 30, 2020, 06:00 AM


In the release of its Commercial Vehicle Dealer Digest, ACT Research reported that the impact of more people and politicians taking the threat of the virus more seriously is a choppy economic path forward.In recognition of the virus’ impact, ACT... Read Story
July 28, 2020, 07:00 AM


According to ACT Research’s recently released Transportation Digest, the tug of war between positive and negative influences on the business environment and trucking reached a pivotal juncture at the end of June, but escalation in new COVID cases... Read Story
July 27, 2020, 07:13 AM


June net U.S. trailer orders of 13,441 units were a significant improvement (333 percent) from May’s very low comparison, arriving dramatically above June 2019’s level, up 112 percent. Before accounting for cancellations, new orders of 16,000 units... Read Story
July 23, 2020, 07:20 AM


According to ACT Research’s (ACT) latest State of the Industry: NA Classes 5-8 Report, May and June have returned to something closer to life as usual, following the shutdowns of March and April. “A survey of the current business landscape shows a... Read Story
July 20, 2020, 07:05 AM


Preliminary used Class 8 volumes (same dealer sales) grew 54 percent month-over-month in June, according to the latest preliminary release of the State of the Industry: U.S. Classes 3-8 Used Trucks published by ACT Research. Longer-term, volumes rose... Read Story
July 15, 2020, 06:59 AM


Preliminary NA Class 8 net orders in June were 16,000 units, rising 139 percent from May, and up 23 percent from a very easy year-ago comparison, ACT Research reported. The NA Classes 5-7 market saw orders improve 77 percent month-over-month, despite... Read Story
July 06, 2020, 07:20 AM


In the release of its Commercial Vehicle Dealer Digest, ACT Research found much more to like about the state of the economy today than was visible on month ago, now that the US re-opening is underway.In recognition of the virus’ impact, ACT Research... Read Story
June 26, 2020, 07:24 AM


According to ACT Research’s recently released Transportation Digest, the shock waves of the COVID-19 recession continue to depress both the North American and global economies, with June marking the fourth month of what will go down in the record... Read Story
June 25, 2020, 07:19 AM


The latest release of ACT Research’s For-Hire Trucking Index, with May data, showed significant improvement in all five diffusion index measures tracked. May’s Volume Index rose from 19.3 in April to 50.2, with capacity also at the neutral 50 mark... Read Story
June 24, 2020, 07:00 AM


May net U.S. trailer orders of 3,107 units were a significant improvement from April, but net orders remain below May 2019’s level, down 71 percent. Before accounting for cancellations, new orders of 7,400 units were up 29 percent versus April... Read Story
June 23, 2020, 07:20 AM


According to ACT Research’s (ACT) latest State of the Industry: NA Classes 5-8 Report, the economy continues to re-open with some very big numbers being reported on easy comparisons, after falling sharply the past few months.“Hand-in-hand with the re... Read Story
June 18, 2020, 07:00 AM


Preliminary NA Class 8 net orders in May were 6,700 units, up 56 percent from April, but down 38 percent from a very easy year-ago comparison. Living up to its “steady” moniker, the NA Classes 5-7 market saw orders improve 5.3 percent... Read Story
June 03, 2020, 07:05 AM


In the release of its Commercial Vehicle Dealer Digest, ACT Research is predicting that the economy will transition from contraction to growth over the course of Q3 and Q4, acknowledging that after the current focus on saving lives will come the... Read Story
May 28, 2020, 07:03 AM


According to the latest release of the State of the Industry: U.S. Classes 3-8 Used Trucks, published by ACT Research, Used Class 8 same dealer sales volumes dropped 15 percent month-over-month in April, with longer-term sales dropping 7 percent year... Read Story
May 27, 2020, 07:05 AM


According to ACT Research’s recently released Transportation Digest, the COVID-19 pandemic is having its most severe impact on North American, and global, economic activity now. The report noted the extent of the shock was a near total surprise to... Read Story
May 26, 2020, 07:05 AM


According to ACT Research’s latest State of the Industry: NA Classes 5-8 Report, COVID-19 was in evidence across the commercial vehicle statistics in April, with Class 8 net orders at their lowest level since September 1995 and medium-duty orders at... Read Story
May 21, 2020, 07:15 AM


Preliminary April net U.S. trailer orders were 250 units, an all-time monthly low for the industry. Volume was 97 percent down from March and 98 percent below the same month last year, ACT Research reported.That all-time low volume resulted from a... Read Story
May 20, 2020, 07:20 AM


According to this quarter’s issue of ACT Research’s Trailer Components Report, the U.S. trailer industry has shifted from the production/capacity challenges of the last three years, with their corresponding pressures on the component and material... Read Story
May 18, 2020, 07:15 AM


Preliminary used Class 8 volumes (same dealer sales) contracted 8 percent month-over-month in 2020’s fourth month, according to the latest preliminary release of the State of the Industry: U.S. Classes 3-8 Used Trucks published by ACT Research.... Read Story
May 14, 2020, 07:00 AM


According to ACT Research’s latest release of the North American Commercial Vehicle OUTLOOK, 2021 is being forecast as the transition year, as the global economies and North American commercial vehicle demand move from COVID-19’s negative impacts... Read Story
May 13, 2020, 06:55 AM


Preliminary NA Classes 5-7 net orders in April fell to 7,600 units, down 69 percent compared to year-ago April and 50 percent below the March order intake. Complete industry data for April, including final order numbers, will be published by ACT... Read Story
May 07, 2020, 07:00 AM


Preliminary NA Class 8 net orders in April fell to 4,100 units, down 46 percent from March and 72 percent lower than an easy year-ago comparison. Complete industry data for April, including final order numbers, will be published by ACT Research in... Read Story
May 06, 2020, 07:20 AM


In the release of its Commercial Vehicle Dealer Digest, ACT Research reported that the North American commercial vehicle market, as well as the global economy, addressed the spiraling pandemic with shutdown announcements, but the report continued by... Read Story
April 29, 2020, 07:08 AM


According to the latest release of the State of the Industry: U.S. Classes 3-8 Used Trucks, published by ACT Research, used Class 8 same dealer sales volumes dropped just 1 percent month-over-month in March, with longer-term sales rising 5 percent... Read Story
April 28, 2020, 07:05 AM


The latest release of ACT Research’s For-Hire Trucking Index, with March data, showed further contraction for both volumes and freight rates, now at 42.4 and 43.2 respective diffusion index readings. Productivity, while neutral at 50.0, likely was... Read Story
April 22, 2020, 07:12 AM


March net U.S. trailer orders of 7,600 units were down 43 percent month-over-month and 51 percent below the previous year. Before accounting for cancellations, new orders of 13,200 were down 14 percent versus February, according to this month’s issue... Read Story
April 20, 2020, 06:55 AM


Preliminary used Class 8 volumes (same dealer sales) contracted 8 percent month-over-month in March, according to the latest preliminary release of the State of the Industry: U.S. Classes 3-8 Used Trucks published by ACT Research. Longer-term... Read Story
April 15, 2020, 07:00 AM


According to ACT Research’s latest release of the North American Commercial Vehicle OUTLOOK, the continued spread of COVID-19 over the past month has resulted in freefalling GDP assumptions, and by extension freight volumes, carrier profits and... Read Story
April 13, 2020, 07:10 AM


ACT Research released the April installment of the ACT Freight Forecast, U.S. Rate and Volume OUTLOOK report. For the truckload spot market, the report forecasts rates for the next 12 to 15 months.This month, it introduced TL spot rates forecasts for... Read Story
April 10, 2020, 06:55 AM


In the release of its Commercial Vehicle Dealer Digest, ACT Research reported that, starting in the second half of February, COVID-19 went from a China containment story to one of spiraling pandemic.“There are times when the world that you thought... Read Story
April 06, 2020, 07:00 AM


Preliminary NA Class 8 net orders in March fell to 7,800 units, down 45 percent from February and 51 percent lower than an easy year-ago comparison. March’s Classes 5-7 net orders were 14,700 units, down 36 percent from February and 31 percent from... Read Story
April 03, 2020, 07:25 AM


According to the latest release of the State of the Industry: U.S. Classes 3-8 Used Trucks, published by ACT Research, used Class 8 same dealer sales volumes improved 14 percent month-over-month in February, with longer-term sales rising 9 percent... Read Story
March 30, 2020, 07:15 AM


Preliminary used Class 8 volumes (same dealer sales) increased 21 percent month-over-month in 2020’s second month, according to the latest preliminary release of the State of the Industry: U.S. Classes 3-8 Used Trucks published by ACT Research.... Read Story
March 24, 2020, 06:55 AM


February net U.S. trailer orders of 12,700 units were down 15 percent month-over-month and 45 percent below the previous year. Before accounting for cancellations, new orders of 14,800 were down 12 percent versus January, according to this month’s... Read Story
March 19, 2020, 07:15 AM


According to ACT Research’s (ACT) latest State of the Industry: NA Classes 5-8 Report, Class 8 inventory-to-sales ratio, seasonally adjusted, hit 3.5 months in February, while the Classes 5-7 inventory-to-sales ratio dropped from a “highest in a... Read Story
March 18, 2020, 07:15 AM


ACT Research released the March installment of the ACT Freight Forecast, U.S. Rate and Volume OUTLOOK report covering the truckload, intermodal, LTL and last mile sectors.Tim Denoyer, ACT Research’s Vice President and Senior Analyst, said, “There’s... Read Story
March 16, 2020, 07:00 AM


In the release of its Commercial Vehicle Dealer Digest, ACT Research reported that the new low NOx Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) will impact the U.S. commercial vehicle market, citing past regulatory examples.“Thanks to the EPA’s GHG... Read Story
March 06, 2020, 07:00 AM


According to ACT Research’s recently released Transportation Digest, key truck transportation metrics continued to give mixed signals in early 2020. Additionally, the report explained that the total medium duty market closed 2019 on a positive note... Read Story
March 05, 2020, 07:05 AM


Preliminary NA Class 8 net orders in February were 14,100 units, down 18 percent from January and 16 percent lower than an easy year-ago comparison. February’s Classes 5-7 net orders rose to an 11-month high 22,200 units, up 12 percent from January... Read Story
March 04, 2020, 07:00 AM


New U.S. trailer orders of 16,800 were down 9 percent month-over-month in January, and after accounting for cancellations, net orders of 15,000 dropped 15 percent. Longer-term comparisons show net orders down 28 percent year-over-year, according to... Read Story
February 20, 2020, 07:10 AM


According to ACT Research’s (ACT) latest State of the Industry: NA Classes 5-8 Report, Class 8 inventories rose 3,400 units month-over-month in January, as production outpaced expectedly weak sales.“With the rise in inventory and weak sales, the... Read Story
February 19, 2020, 07:05 AM


After softness in late Q3/early Q4, medium duty orders appear to have shown some resilience the past two months. In January, preliminary data show NA Classes 5-7 net orders at 18,500 units, down 9 percent from December and 20 percent year over year.... Read Story
February 07, 2020, 06:00 AM


Preliminary NA Class 8 net orders in January were 17,700 units, down 12 percent from December 2019, but up 10 percent from last January. Complete industry data for January, including final order numbers, will be published by ACT Research in... Read Story
February 05, 2020, 06:00 AM


According to ACT Research’s recently released Transportation Digest, truckload contract rates turned negative in the third quarter of 2019, down 2 percent year-over-year, and loaded miles per tractor fell 5 percent in the same period.... Read Story
January 27, 2020, 06:50 AM


The latest release of ACT Research’s For-Hire Trucking Index, with December data, showed improvement in for-hire freight volumes and utilization, with 55.5 and 52.3 respective diffusion index readings, both up four points from November on a... Read Story
January 23, 2020, 07:00 AM


New U.S. trailer orders of 18,400 were down 13 percent month-over-month in December, and after accounting for cancellations, net orders of 17,000 dropped 11 percent. Longer-term comparisons show net orders down 35 percent year-over-year and 51... Read Story
January 22, 2020, 07:00 AM


According to ACT Research’s latest State of the Industry: NA Classes 5-8 Report, ACT projects that the US economy is poised to expand by 1.8 percent in 2020.ACT’s State of the Industry: NA Classes 5-8 report provides a monthly look at the current... Read Story
January 21, 2020, 07:15 AM


ACT Research’s preliminary estimate for December 2019 indicates trailer manufacturers booked 17,200 net orders to their orderboards last month, a 13 percent decline from November volume. Activity was 37 percent below last December. For the full year... Read Story
January 15, 2020, 07:18 AM


According to ACT Research’s latest release of the North American Commercial Vehicle OUTLOOK, over the past decade, the EPA shifted its focus from the tailpipe to fuel economy. On Jan. 6, the EPA released an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking... Read Story
January 13, 2020, 07:10 AM


Preliminary NA Class 8 net orders in December 2019 were 20,000 units, up 14 percent from November and down just 6.5 percent from year-ago December, as the industry transitions to much easier year-over-year comparisons. Complete industry data for... Read Story
January 06, 2020, 07:16 AM


In the release of its Commercial Vehicle Dealer Digest, ACT Research noted that three factors are at work in the weak outlook for heavy commercial vehicles in the coming two years: demand, supply and timing. While some, like the oversupply of... Read Story
December 27, 2019, 07:10 AM


After an anomalous sequential gain in October, used Class 8 same dealer sales volumes returned to trend in November, falling 35 percent month over month, according to the latest release of the State of the Industry: U.S. Classes 3-8 Used Trucks... Read Story
December 24, 2019, 07:10 AM


According to ACT Research’s (ACT) latest State of the Industry: NA Classes 5-8 Report, the prosperity of the year we are leaving will transition to tougher medium and heavy-duty market conditions in 2020.“After peak build and sales in 2019... Read Story
December 19, 2019, 07:15 AM


ACT Research’s preliminary estimate for November indicates trailer manufacturers booked 19,500 net orders to their orderboards last month, a 39 percent decline from October’s volume. Activity was 56 percent below November of 2018, while year-to-date... Read Story
December 17, 2019, 06:55 AM


According to ACT Research’s latest release of the North American Commercial Vehicle OUTLOOK, expectations for the Class 8 and trailer production volumes have been trimmed for 2020, and expectations of a recovery starting in 2021 have been... Read Story
December 12, 2019, 07:05 AM


ACT Research released the December installment of the ACT Freight Forecast, U.S. Rate and Volume OUTLOOK report covering the truckload, intermodal, LTL and last mile sectors.The ACT Freight Forecast provides three-year forecasts for volumes and... Read Story
December 11, 2019, 07:10 AM


Preliminary November data show that Classes 5-8 net order volumes were uniformly soft. Combined North American Classes 5-8 intake fell 15 percent month over month and 38 percent year over year in November on a nominal basis, ACT Research reported.... Read Story
December 04, 2019, 07:09 AM


In the release of its Commercial Vehicle Dealer Digest, ACT Research noted expectations for the Class 8 and trailer markets anticipate an accelerating pullback in build rates, as freight market conditions remain at a low ebb. While less cliff-like... Read Story
December 02, 2019, 07:05 AM


New U.S. trailer orders of 37,200 were up 72 percent month-over-month in October, and after accounting for cancellations, net orders of 31,800 hit their fourth consecutive sequential rise, increasing 71 percent from September, but down 42 percent... Read Story
November 22, 2019, 07:05 AM


ACT Research’s preliminary estimate for October indicates trailer manufacturers booked 31,900 net orders to their orderboards last month, a 71 percent spike from September and the second straight month of sequential growth greater than 70 percent.... Read Story
November 18, 2019, 07:00 AM


According to ACT Research’s latest release of the North American Commercial Vehicle OUTLOOK, the primary risk to all vehicle market forecasts, and the U.S. economy broadly, in either direction, remains the trade war with China. With U.S.... Read Story
November 15, 2019, 07:00 AM


According to ACT Research’s latest release of the North American Commercial Vehicle OUTLOOK, expectations for the Class 8 and trailer markets anticipate an accelerating pullback in build rates, as freight market conditions remain at a low ebb. While... Read Story
November 13, 2019, 06:59 AM


ACT Research released the November installment of the ACT Freight Forecast, U.S. Rate and Volume OUTLOOK report covering the truckload, intermodal, LTL and last mile sectors.The ACT Freight Forecast provides three-year forecasts for volumes and... Read Story
November 12, 2019, 07:01 AM


Preliminary North America Class 8 net order data show the industry booked 22,100 units in October, up 74 percent from September, while Classes 5-7 orders fell 12 percent month over month, to 16,400 units, ACT Research reported. “The North American... Read Story
November 05, 2019, 07:20 AM


According to ACT Research’s recently released Transportation Digest, the Class 8 market is moving from 2019 peak activity in sales and build into a substantial correction in 2020. Activity for the total MD market was jumbled in August, confirming the... Read Story
October 28, 2019, 07:00 AM


According to ACT Research’s (ACT) latest release of the North American Commercial Vehicle OUTLOOK, the key risk to all vehicle market forecasts, and the U.S. economy broadly, remains the trade war with China. With U.S. manufacturers and farmers... Read Story
October 15, 2019, 07:22 AM


Since early 2018, ACT Research’s forecasts have called for the up-cycle in the Class 8 market to run out of steam around the third quarter of 2019, according to ACT’s latest release of the North American Commercial Vehicle OUTLOOK.“Over the past... Read Story
October 14, 2019, 07:20 AM


Preliminary North America Class 8 net order data show the industry booked 12,600 units in September, up 13 percent from August, while Classes 5-7 orders fell 9.4 percent m/m, to 17,300 units, according to Act Research. ACT’s State of the Industry:... Read Story
October 03, 2019, 07:05 AM


According to ACT Research’s recently released Transportation Digest, the Class 8 market is moving from 2019 peak activity in sales and build into a significant correction next year. The medium-duty market remained soft in July, solidifying the... Read Story
October 01, 2019, 07:20 AM


The average price of total used Class 8 trucks in August dipped 1 percent y/y, the first such decline since January 2018. Month-over-month, prices fell 3 percent, but longer-term, remained 7 percent higher year-to-date. Same-dealer sales rose 9... Read Story
September 30, 2019, 07:00 AM


New U.S. trailer orders of 14,800 were up 7 percent month-over-month, and, after accounting for cancellations, net orders of 10,600 hit their second sequential increase in nine months, rising 2 percent from July, but down 72 percent compared to... Read Story
September 27, 2019, 06:05 AM


ACT Research’s preliminary estimate for August 2019 net trailer orders is 10,500 units. “On the positive side, total orders were up 7 percent versus July. However, cancellations pulled the net order results down to a 2 percent sequential gain.... Read Story
September 20, 2019, 07:15 AM


Preliminary used Class 8 volumes (same dealer sales) fell 1 percent month-over-month in August, according to the latest preliminary release of the State of the Industry: U.S. Classes 3-8 Used Trucks published by ACT Research. Additionally, the report... Read Story
September 16, 2019, 07:19 AM


According to ACT Research’s (ACT) latest release of the North American Commercial Vehicle OUTLOOK, the key risk to all commercial vehicle market forecasts remains the on-again trade war with China, but well-positioned consumers are keeping the U.S.... Read Story
September 13, 2019, 07:00 AM


Preliminary North America Class 8 net order data show the industry booked 10,900 units in August, up nearly 6 percent from July, but 79 percent below last August’s best-ever order month, ACT Research reported.“Weak freight market and rate conditions... Read Story
September 06, 2019, 07:10 AM


In the release of its Commercial Vehicle Dealer Digest, ACT Research noted the heavy truck and trailer markets, and increasingly the medium duty market, are heading for corrections in 2020, even as the slow growth U.S. economic outlook remains... Read Story
September 03, 2019, 07:20 AM


According to ACT Research’s recently released Transportation Digest, Class 8 market indicators are divergent, with some at all-time highs even as other metrics point to coming weakness. The medium duty market measures are lower in the short-term, but... Read Story
August 30, 2019, 07:10 AM


According to the recently released N.A. Commercial Vehicle On-Highway Engine OUTLOOK, published by ACT Research and Rhein Associates, engines over 10L are projected to account for more than 85 percent of the Class 8 production between 2020 and 2024... Read Story
August 29, 2019, 07:00 AM


The average price of total used Class 8 trucks in July dipped 4 percent month-over-month, while rising against longer-term comparison, up 9 percent year-to-date.Same-dealer sales, on the other hand, were flat in July compared to June, but contracted... Read Story
August 28, 2019, 07:05 AM


New U.S. trailer orders of 13,900 were up 22 percent month-over-month, and after accounting for cancellations, net orders of 10,300 hit their first sequential increase in nine months, rising 64 percent from June. Year-to-date, however, net trailer... Read Story
August 27, 2019, 07:20 AM


According to this quarter’s issue of ACT Research’s Trailer Components Report, trailer industry net orders continued the year-over-year slide that begin at the end of 2018, now negative for seven consecutive months, with preliminary July data showing... Read Story
August 22, 2019, 07:10 AM


According to ACT Research’s (ACT) latest State of the Industry: Classes 5-8 Report, Class 8 market-leading indicators continue to erode, in concert with deteriorating freight volumes and rates, even as mid and downstream data points remain... Read Story
August 21, 2019, 06:58 AM


Preliminary used Class 8 volumes (same dealer sales) fell 2 percent month-over-month in July, the fourth consecutive sequential drop, according to the latest preliminary release of the State of the Industry: U.S. Classes 3-8 Used Trucks published by... Read Story
August 19, 2019, 07:16 AM


ACT Research’s preliminary estimate for July 2019 net trailer orders is 9,900 units. Preliminary Net Orders jumped 65 percent versus June but were 66 percent lower than July Last Year.  Final volume will be available later this month. “While net... Read Story
August 15, 2019, 07:10 AM


ACT Research released the August installment of the ACT Freight Forecast, U.S. Rate and Volume OUTLOOK report covering the truckload, intermodal, LTL and last mile sectors. ACT Research maintained its view that truckload and intermodal contract rates... Read Story
August 12, 2019, 07:00 AM


Preliminary North America Class 8 net order data show the industry booked 10,200 units in July, down 21 percent from June and the lowest monthly order tally since February 2010, ACT Research announced. “Weak freight market and rate conditions across... Read Story
August 05, 2019, 07:10 AM


According to ACT Research’s recently released Transportation Digest, the Class 8 market is on the cusp of a significant correction. At the same time, the medium duty market continued to confound in May, with forward-looking indicators deteriorating... Read Story
July 30, 2019, 07:00 AM


New U.S. trailer orders of 11,300 were down 27 percent month-over-month, but after accounting for cancellations, net orders slid to 6,000 units, down 42 percent from May and down 70 percent from June a year ago. Year-to-date net orders are 43 percent... Read Story
July 28, 2019, 07:22 AM


The latest release of ACT Research’s For-Hire Trucking Index, June data, showed nearly across-the-board declines, with capacity again the lone exception. The Volume Index dropped further into negative territory, falling to 43.2 (SA) in June, from... Read Story
July 22, 2019, 07:00 AM


ACT Research’s preliminary estimate for June 2019 net trailer orders is 6,200 units. Final volume will be available later this month. “Several aspects of June trailer orders were disappointing. Total new orders continued to slide, coming in below... Read Story
July 17, 2019, 07:00 AM


Preliminary used Class 8 volumes (same dealer sales) fell 8 percent month-over-month in June, the third consecutive sequential drop, according to the latest preliminary release of the State of the Industry: U.S. Classes 3-8 Used Trucks published by... Read Story
July 16, 2019, 07:00 AM


ACT Research released the July installment of the ACT Freight Forecast, U.S. Rate and Volume OUTLOOK, covering the truckload, intermodal, LTL and last mile sectors.ACT Research maintained its view that truckload and intermodal contract rates will... Read Story
July 15, 2019, 07:05 AM


According to ACT Research’s latest release of the North American Commercial Vehicle OUTLOOK, current Class 8 build rates may suggest upside to the 2019 forecast, but large new inventories and deteriorating freight and rate conditions suggest erring... Read Story
July 12, 2019, 07:00 AM


Preliminary North America Class 8 net order data show the industry booked 13,100 units in June, gaining 20 percent from May’s three-year low, but down a significant 69 percent from year-ago June’s very tough comparison, ACT Research reported. “Weak... Read Story
July 03, 2019, 07:00 AM


New U.S. trailer orders of 15,500 were down 16 percent month-over-month, but after accounting for cancellations, net orders slid to 10,500 units, down 28 percent from April. Year-to-date, net orders are 40 percent below last year, according to this... Read Story
June 27, 2019, 07:05 AM


According to ACT Research’s recently released Transportation Digest, Class 8 retail sales and build are starting the summer at near-record high levels, but evidence supporting a change in direction continues to accumulate. At the same time, the... Read Story
June 24, 2019, 07:00 AM


Preliminary used Class 8 volumes (same dealer sales) fell 14 percent month-over-month in May, the second consecutive sequential drop, according to the latest preliminary release of the State of the Industry: U.S. Classes 3-8 Used Trucks published by... Read Story
June 18, 2019, 07:03 AM


According to this quarter’s issue of ACT Research’s Trailer Components Report, trailer industry net orders have eased meaningfully since November of 2018, as year-over-year-comparisons have now been in the red for the last five months, but order... Read Story
June 03, 2019, 07:00 AM


The average price of total used Class 8 trucks in April was up 6 percent month-over-month and 12 percent higher year-to-date, according to the latest release of the State of the Industry: U.S. Classes 3-8 Used Trucks, published by ACT Research. The... Read Story
May 29, 2019, 07:00 AM


New U.S. trailer orders of 18,600 were up 4 percent month-over-month in April, but after accounting for cancellations, net orders slid to 14,700 units, down 6 percent from March. Orders were down 23 percent year over year.Year-to-date, net orders are... Read Story
May 23, 2019, 06:55 AM


According to ACT Research’s recently released Transportation Digest, Class 8 retail sales and build remain at cycle highs, but signs are multiplying that the market momentum will start declining during the second half of this year. At the same time... Read Story
May 21, 2019, 07:00 AM


According to ACT Research’s latest release of the North American Commercial Vehicle OUTLOOK, slower freight growth, an easing of driver supply constraints, the resumption of the long-run freight productivity trend and strong Class 8 tractor fleet... Read Story
May 15, 2019, 07:00 AM


ACT Research released the May installment of the ACT Freight Forecast, U.S. Rate and Volume OUTLOOK report covering the truckload, intermodal, LTL and last mile sectors.“Freight remains soft, as expected, and while we see reasons for recovery in the... Read Story
May 10, 2019, 07:00 AM


The average price of total used Class 8 trucks in March was down 5 percent month-over-month, but remained 10 percent higher year-to-date, according to the latest release of the State of the Industry: U.S. Classes 3-8 Used Trucks, published by ACT... Read Story
May 02, 2019, 05:05 AM


U.S. trailer order volume came in below previous year volume for the fourth straight month in March, but OEMs still booked nearly 16,000 net orders during the month, according to this month’s issue of ACT Research’s State of the Industry: U.S.... Read Story
April 26, 2019, 07:05 AM


According to ACT Research’s latest State of the Industry: Classes 5-8 Report, March’s Class 8 metrics generally aligned with expectations, with the lone exception of cancellations, which continued to trend lower.“Data continue to tell the same... Read Story
April 19, 2019, 07:10 AM


Preliminary used Class 8 volumes (same dealer sales) jumped 25 percent month-over-month in March, following a modest decline in February, according to the latest preliminary release of the State of the Industry: U.S. Classes 3-8 Used Trucks published... Read Story
April 18, 2019, 07:10 AM


ACT Research’s preliminary estimate for March 2019 net trailer orders is 15,600 units. Final volume will be available later this month.“It appears that the industry entered a bit of a holding pattern in March, as order volume declined significantly... Read Story
April 15, 2019, 07:05 AM


U.S. trailer order volume came in below previous year volume for the third straight month in February, but OEMs still booked nearly 24,000 net orders during the month, according to this month’s issue of ACT Research’s State of the Industry: U.S.... Read Story
March 25, 2019, 07:00 AM


The latest release of ACT Research's For-Hire Trucking Index showed a downtick in volume, pricing and productivity, with the supply-demand balance continuing trend, loosening for the fourth consecutive month. The Volume Index returned to negative... Read Story
March 18, 2019, 07:05 AM


Preliminary North America Class 8 net order data show the industry booked 16,900 units in February, up a modest 5 percent from January, but down 58 percent from year-ago February, Act Research reported. “February marks the third consecutive month of... Read Story
March 06, 2019, 06:45 AM


According to the recently released N.A. Commercial Vehicle On-Highway Engine OUTLOOK, published by ACT Research and Rhein Associates, Class 8 production is expected to continue its growth trend into 2019, and diesel is still the dominate power source... Read Story
February 28, 2019, 07:00 AM


U.S. trailer order volume slid sequentially for the fourth month in a row, but it’s all relative when one considers that more than 26,000 net orders were posted in January, according to this month’s issue of ACT Research’s State of the Industry: U.S.... Read Story
February 27, 2019, 07:00 AM


In the release of its Commercial Vehicle Dealer Digest, ACT Research queries whether the current record-setting Class 8 cycle will close differently than previous peak periods. The report provides monthly analysis on transportation trends, equipment... Read Story
February 25, 2019, 07:00 AM


The latest release of ACT Research’s For-Hire Trucking Index showed an improvement in freight volumes and truck productivity in January, after a soft finish to 2018. The Volume Index rose to 52 in January, from 49 in December.Regarding the... Read Story
February 22, 2019, 07:00 AM


ACT Research’s preliminary estimate for January 2019 net trailer orders is 25,800 units. Final volume will be available later this month.“While the industry had the weakest January order volume since 2016, it was still sufficient enough to generate... Read Story
February 21, 2019, 07:10 AM


Preliminary used Class 8 volumes (same dealer sales) improved moderately in January, rising 4 percent month-over-month, following two sequential declines, according to the latest preliminary release of the State of the Industry: U.S. Classes 3-8 Used... Read Story
February 14, 2019, 06:55 AM


According to ACT Research’s (ACT) latest release of the North American Commercial Vehicle OUTLOOK, yellow lights continue to flash for the U.S. economy, and by extension for the North American commercial vehicle industry.“While the outlook has less... Read Story
February 12, 2019, 07:00 AM


Preliminary North America Class 8 net order data show the industry booked 15,800 units in January, down 26 percent from December and 68 percent from year-ago January, ACT Research reported. “With near-record backlogs in both the medium and heavy-duty... Read Story
February 06, 2019, 07:06 AM


U.S. trailer order volume slid sequentially for the third month in a row, but it is all relative when one considers that nearly 28,000 net orders were posted in December, according to this month’s issue of ACT Research’s State of the Industry: U.S.... Read Story
January 28, 2019, 07:00 AM


According to the recently released ACT Research’s Transportation Digest, the Class 8 truck market started 2019 with powerful positive momentum from a remarkable and record-setting 2018. In the Classes 5-7 market, the truck segment made yet another... Read Story
January 22, 2019, 07:15 AM


The latest release of ACT Research’s For-Hire Trucking Index showed the Volume Index still in negative territory, below the 50 neutral mark, in December, at 48.1. The supply-demand balance turned down even further, hitting 44.3 on a seasonally... Read Story
January 22, 2019, 06:50 AM


ACT Research’s preliminary estimate for December 2018 net trailer orders is 27,800 units, 39 percent from November. Full-year 2018 orders totaled more than 420,000, rising 35 percent.  “Considering the long-running order strength, December’s pause... Read Story
January 17, 2019, 07:18 AM


Preliminary used Class 8 volumes (same dealer sales) slipped for a second consecutive month in December (-7 percent), marking the first time since January 2016 that same dealer sales have fallen below 2,000 units, according to the latest preliminary... Read Story
January 15, 2019, 06:55 AM


Preliminary North America Class 8 net order data show the industry booked 21,300 units in December, down 24 percent sequentially from November and 43 percent from year-ago December, Act Research reported. “For all of 2018, Class 8 orders totaled... Read Story
January 07, 2019, 07:12 AM


At the top line, North American Class 8 net orders totaled 28,082 units in November, compared to build at 27,973 units, according to ACT Research.“As we move into the year’s home stretch, freight-related data points continue to shift from strong... Read Story
December 26, 2018, 07:20 AM


The average price of total used Class 8 trucks in November was up 10 percent year-to-date, when compared to the first 11 months of 2017, according to the latest release of the State of the Industry: U.S. Classes 3-8 Used Trucks, published by ACT... Read Story
December 26, 2018, 07:10 AM


U.S. trailer order volume slid sequentially for the second month in a row, but it’s all relative when one considers that more than 45,000 net orders were posted in November, according to this