ACT Research: Economy Strong, but Moderating; CV Industry Nearing Inflection Point

ACT Research: Economy Strong, but Moderating; CV Industry Nearing Inflection Point In the release of its Commercial Vehicle Dealer Digest, ACT Research noted that the economic picture remains largely unchanged, with growth moderating in 2019 from strong 2018 growth. The economy was already moderating as tailwinds from the end-of-2017 tax cuts diminished, but other caution [...]

ACT Research: Economy Strong, but Moderating; CV Industry Nearing Inflection Point2019-06-24T14:52:50-04:00

ACT Research: While Class 8 Measures Are Near-Record Highs, Signs of Decline Are Showing

ACT Research: While Class 8 Measures Are Near-Record Highs, Signs of Decline Are Showing 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 medium duty market was [...]

ACT Research: While Class 8 Measures Are Near-Record Highs, Signs of Decline Are Showing2019-06-24T09:17:38-04:00

ACT Research For-Hire Trucking Index: The News Isn’t Good; All Metrics, Except Capacity, Fell in May

ACT Research For-Hire Trucking Index: The News Isn’t Good; All Metrics, Except Capacity, Fell in May The latest release of ACT’s For-Hire Trucking Index showed nearly across-the-board declines, with capacity being the lone exception. The Pricing Index fell considerably, to 38.8, in May on a seasonally adjusted basis, the lowest in survey history. from 45.4 [...]

ACT Research For-Hire Trucking Index: The News Isn’t Good; All Metrics, Except Capacity, Fell in May2019-06-21T15:24:29-04:00

ACT Research: Class 8 Cancellations Surprise on the Low Side; Demand Strong, but Freight Metrics Softening

ACT Research: Class 8 Cancellations Surprise on the Low Side; Demand Strong, but Freight Metrics Softening According to ACT Research’s (ACT) latest State of the Industry: Classes 5-8 Report, May’s Class 8 metrics generally aligned with expectations, with the lone exception of cancellations, which continued to surprise on the low side. Additional data for the [...]

ACT Research: Class 8 Cancellations Surprise on the Low Side; Demand Strong, but Freight Metrics Softening2019-06-20T14:41:27-04:00

ACT Research: Preliminary Used Class 8 Volumes Fell M/M, Y/Y and YTD Again in May

ACT Research: Preliminary Used Class 8 Volumes Fell M/M, Y/Y and YTD Again in May Preliminary used Class 8 volumes (same dealer sales) fell 14% 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 ACT Research. Additionally, [...]

ACT Research: Preliminary Used Class 8 Volumes Fell M/M, Y/Y and YTD Again in May2019-06-17T12:37:48-04:00

ACT Research: When Change Comes, It Is Likely to Come Fast

ACT Research: When Change Comes, It Is Likely to Come Fast According to ACT Research’s (ACT) latest release of the North American Commercial Vehicle OUTLOOK, current Class 8 build rates suggest upside to the 2019 forecast, but large new truck inventories and deteriorating freight and rate conditions suggest erring on the side of caution remains [...]

ACT Research: When Change Comes, It Is Likely to Come Fast2019-06-10T16:00:58-04:00

ACT Research May Freight Forecast: What Impact on Freight Rates from Pre-Tariff Freight Surge?

ACT Research May Freight Forecast: What Impact on Freight Rates from Pre-Tariff Freight Surge? ACT Research released the June installment of the ACT Freight Forecast, U.S. Rate and Volume OUTLOOK report covering the truckload, intermodal, LTL and last mile sectors.

ACT Research May Freight Forecast: What Impact on Freight Rates from Pre-Tariff Freight Surge?2019-06-06T17:02:17-04:00

ACT Research: NA Medium and Heavy-Duty Volumes Softened in May

ACT Research: NA Medium and Heavy-Duty Volumes Softened in May Preliminary North America Class 8 net order data show the industry booked 10,800 units in May, dropping 27% from April, but down a more significant 70% from year-ago May. Note that these numbers are preliminary. Complete industry data for May, including final order numbers, will [...]

ACT Research: NA Medium and Heavy-Duty Volumes Softened in May2019-06-04T22:26:57-04:00

ACT Research: US Trailer Orders Are Easing, While Production Remains Robust

ACT Research: US Trailer Orders Are Easing, While Production Remains Robust 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 weakness is not indicative of fleets’ unwillingness [...]

ACT Research: US Trailer Orders Are Easing, While Production Remains Robust2019-05-31T09:58:34-04:00

ACT Research: Class 8 Production to Grow in 2019, Diesel Power Still Dominating, and Truck Demand More Stable Than Tractors

ACT Research: Class 8 Production to Grow in 2019, Diesel Power Still Dominating, and Truck Demand More Stable Than Tractors 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 growing in 2019, before an anticipated drop late in the [...]

ACT Research: Class 8 Production to Grow in 2019, Diesel Power Still Dominating, and Truck Demand More Stable Than Tractors2019-05-30T12:43:54-04:00