Heavy Duty & Medium Duty Orders Close the Year with Three Month High in December

Posted on 04. Jan, 2018 by in Classes 5-8, Press Releases

COLUMBUS, IN – Preliminary North America Classes 5-8 net order data show the industry booked 58,800 units in December, bringing the full-year net order tally to 543,400. The December order volume represents an 11% improvement from November and a 35% improvement from December 2016. Note that these numbers are preliminary. Complete industry data for December, […]

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Used Class 8 Truck Same Dealer Decline in November Following October Surge

Posted on 21. Dec, 2017 by in Press Releases, Used Trucks

COLUMBUS, IN – Class 8 same dealer used truck sales dropped by 17% last month following the unexpected climb in October, according to the latest release of the State of the Industry: U.S. Classes 3-8 Used Trucks, published by ACT Research. “Seasonal weakness is not uncommon in early to middle fall,” said Steve Tam, Vice […]

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ACT Research: U.S. Trailer Backlog Improves Month Over Month, Build Up 2% Year Over Year

Posted on 20. Dec, 2017 by in Press Releases, Trailers

December 20, 2017 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE COLUMBUS, IN – Backlog continued to be positive in November, with a stronger than expected 18% sequential improvement, which was more than double the gains projected by seasonals. “Dry vans, up 23% month over month, and reefers, up 18% month over month, provided most of the support; most vocational […]

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North America Class 8 Order Surge Lifts Industry Backlogs, Positive Movement on Inventory

Posted on 19. Dec, 2017 by in Classes 5-8, Press Releases

November’s strong Class 8 orders reported earlier this month boosted backlogs by 10,100 units to 115,200 units. Rising orders in recent months have generated more work for the industry: “Coupled with a modestly slower per-day build rate in November, the Class 8 backlog rose an additional 11 days, to 102 days,” said Kenny Vieth, ACT […]

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Tesla Whipping Interest In Electric Semi Truck Into A ‘Frenzy,’ Analyst Says

Posted on 18. Dec, 2017 by in Alternative Fuels, Uncategorized

PepsiCo preordered 100 Tesla electric Semi trucks this week, the largest order so far. Walmart, DHL and Anheuser-Busch have also ordered trucks, which aren’t expected to enter production until 2019. Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson talks with Steve Tam, vice president at ACT Research, about how electric trucks could change the trucking industry. This segment aired on December […]

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ACT Research For-Hire Trucking Index: Contract Rates Expected to Continue Rising into 2018

Posted on 15. Dec, 2017 by in ACT For-Hire Trucking Index, Press Releases

COLUMBUS, IN – The latest release of ACT’s For-Hire Trucking Index indicated that the freight index rose faster than the capacity index for the eleventh consecutive month, allowing the supply-demand balance to climb to the second highest reading ever recorded. “The wide spread between freight and capacity additions bodes well for continued strength in freight […]

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GB1589 Continues to Impact China Commercial Vehicle Market, Heavy Duty Demand Continues to Climb

Posted on 13. Dec, 2017 by in Uncategorized

COLUMBUS, IN – The GB1589 regulation and its aggressive enforcement, as well as China’s electric vehicle policy adoption, continued to have an impact on commercial vehicle demand in the third quarter of this year, according to the most recent China Commercial Vehicle Outlook, jointly published quarterly by ACT and China’s State Information Center (SIC). The […]

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N.A. Heavy Duty & Medium Duty Preliminary Orders Up 44% Year over Year

Posted on 04. Dec, 2017 by in Classes 5-8, Press Releases

COLUMBUS, IN – Preliminary NA Classes 5-8 net orders were 53,000 units in November, up 44% year over year, and slightly down from October’s order surge. “Continued Class 8 order strength in November and in-line medium duty orders added up to a second consecutive month of ‘best-since’ order activity,” said Kenny Vieth, President and Senior […]

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Increase in Heavy Duty Natural Gas Use from Refuse Industry, Interest Continues for EV’s

Posted on 04. Dec, 2017 by in Alternative Fuels, Classes 5-8, Engines, Natural Gas, Press Releases

COLUMBUS, IN –  There has been an increase in heavy duty natural gas use from the refuse industry, which has been adding new natural gas-powered trucks in significant volume, as noted in the N.A. On-highway CV Engine Outlook, by Americas Commercial Transportation (ACT) Research and Rhein Associates. The N.A. On-highway CV Engine Outlook is designed […]

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ACT Research Multi-Client Commercial Vehicle Electrification Study Announced

Posted on 30. Nov, 2017 by in Alternative Fuels, Classes 5-8, Engines, Press Releases

November 30, 2017 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE COLUMBUS, IN – ACT Research is developing a multi-client study, to define a vision of the United States and Canada market potential for electric medium and heavy commercial vehicles stretching into the year 2035. Advances in electrical technology for vehicle propulsion have occurred at the same time that environmental […]

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