ACT Research: Current Class 8 Story Is Big Backlogs, Slowing Orders

Posted on 20. Mar, 2019 by in CV Dealer Digest, Press Releases

In the release of its Commercial Vehicle Dealer Digest, ACT Research noted that recently softer Class 8 orders are attributed to backlogs that are still out about 10 months: Many of the orders normally booked in the year’s first quarter were actually placed in the rush to get into the queue in the second half […]

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ACT Research: February Trailer Industry Net Order Volume 23,800 Units, Down 9% Month-over-Month and Off 29% From Last Year

Posted on 20. Mar, 2019 by in Press Releases, Trailers

ACT’s preliminary estimate for February 2019 net trailer orders is 23,800 units. Final volume will be available later this month. Our methodology allows us to generate a preliminary estimate of the market that should be within +/- 3% of the final order tally. “February net orders slid 9% from January volume and were 29% below […]

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ACT Research: Commercial Vehicle Industry Solid; US Economy Slowing, But Still Positive

Posted on 19. Mar, 2019 by in Press Releases, Transportation Digest

According to ACT Research’s recently released Transportation Digest, conditions in the Class 8 market are solid, benefitting from momentum generated in 2018 that should carry the market to peaks that are likely to take the industry to its highest non-prebuy levels ever. The Classes 5-7 market started 2019 with mixed results at high levels. The […]

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ACT Research: CV Data Currently Indicating Demand Strength And Stagnating Freight Growth

Posted on 19. Mar, 2019 by in Classes 5-8, Press Releases

According to ACT Research’s (ACT) latest State of the Industry: Classes 5-8 Report, “’Almost exactly as expected’ would be a reasonable phrase for February’s crop of heavy truck data, particularly given well-behaved cancellations, steady build rates, and an order-to-build imbalance that is keeping backlogs falling from high levels.” “The data continue to tell a couple […]

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ACT Research For-Hire Trucking Index: Pricing and Productivity Indices Fall, Supply-Demand Balance Loosened Again in February

Posted on 15. Mar, 2019 by in ACT For-Hire Trucking Index, Freight, Press Releases

The latest release of ACT’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 territory, reaching 47.1 in February, while pricing fell to 48.9. Productivity dropped sharply to 43.0, and the supply-demand balance now sits […]

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ACT Research: Preliminary Used Class 8 Volumes Declined in February

Posted on 13. Mar, 2019 by in Press Releases, Used Trucks

Preliminary used Class 8 volumes (same dealer sales) declined moderately in February, falling 5% m/m and erasing a portion of January’s 10% improvement, according to the latest preliminary release of the State of the Industry: U.S. Classes 3-8 Used Trucks published by ACT Research. However, the report indicated that longer-term comparisons yielded a 20% decline […]

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ACT Research: Equipment Supply-Freight Demand Imbalance Coming, Freight Rate Recession Likely

Posted on 13. Mar, 2019 by in NA CV OUTLOOK, Press Releases

  According to ACT Research’s (ACT) latest release of the North American Commercial Vehicle OUTLOOK, a freight recession is not out of the question, but the easier call is a rate recession as truck supply-freight demand fall out of balance. “While there is a very low probability and no expectation of an economy-wide recession in […]

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ACT Research: NA Classes 5-7 Orders Remain On Trend

Posted on 05. Mar, 2019 by in Classes 5-8, Press Releases

Preliminary North America Classes 5-7 net order data show that segment of the industry remains on trend. Note that these numbers are preliminary. Complete industry data for February, including final order results, will be available mid-March in ACT’s State of the Industry: NA Classes 5-8 Vehicles report. Preliminary orders are subject to revision (±5%).   […]

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ACT Research: NA Class 8 Orders Rebound Modestly from January to February, Down Y/Y

Posted on 05. Mar, 2019 by in Classes 5-8, Press Releases

Preliminary North America Class 8 net order data show the industry booked 16,900 units in February, up a modest 5% from January, but down 58% from year-ago February. Note that these numbers are preliminary. Complete industry data for February, including final order numbers, will be published by ACT Research in mid-March. “February marks the third […]

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ACT Research: Class 8 Production to Grow in 2019; Diesel Power Still Dominating

Posted on 27. Feb, 2019 by in Alternative Fuels, Engines, Press Releases

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, but changes in demand for straight trucks and tractors will impact the type of diesel engines ordered. […]

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