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What is a light duty commercial vehicle?

A light duty commercial vehicle is classified as gross vehicle weight (GVW) Class 3 (10,001 – 14,000 lbs.) and Class 4 (14,001 – 16,000 lbs.) and includes trucks, buses, and recreational vehicles.

What is a light medium duty commercial vehicle?

A light medium duty commercial vehicle is classified as gross vehicle weight (GVW) Class 5 (16,001 – 19,500 lbs.) and include trucks, shuttle buses, and recreational vehicles.

What is a medium duty commercial vehicle?

A medium duty commercial vehicle is classified as gross vehicle weight (GVW) Class 6 (19,501 – 26,000 lbs.) and Class 7 (26,001 – 33,000 lbs.) and include all fuel types and applications including school buses.

What is a heavy duty commercial vehicle?

A heavy duty commercial vehicle is classified as gross vehicle weight (GVW) Class 8 (33,001 + lbs.) and is defined as a straight truck or tractor. This often also referred to as a semi-truck or big rig truck.

What is a straight truck or tractor?

A straight truck or tractor is a commercial vehicle must have a cab and body consisting of one unity, all axles are attached to a single frame.

For sales projections and budgeting and many more reasons, understanding the current state of the industry is why ACT Research developed it’s State of the Industry series, particularly the N.A. Classes 5-8 report.

The foundation of this report is the monthly data provided to ACT Research by the OEMs. This direct access to the manufacturers is critical to the report’s success and insights into the current market. ACT releases both preliminary and finalized numbers based on the OEMs data as well as a complete report on the state of the industry.

This report is complete with:

  • Monthly market indicators for Class 5 and Classes 6-7 chassis and Class 8 trucks and tractors: backlog, build, inventory, new orders, cancellations, net orders, and retail sales.
  • Class 5 and Classes 6-7 segmented by trucks, buses, RVs, and step vans, Class 8 segmented by tractors with and without sleepers and trucks with and without sleepers.
  • Executive Summary
  • Rolling six-month industry build plan
  • Backlog timing analysis
  • Historical data (1996 to current)
  • PowerPoint graph pack
  • Preliminary net orders for the previous month published

How many commercial vehicles are in North America?

Understanding the current commercial vehicle market is pertinent for so many businesses. For sales projections and budgeting and many more reasons, understanding the current state of the industry is why ACT Research developed it’s State of the Industry series, particularly the N.A. Classes 5-8 report. The foundation of this report is the monthly data provided to ACT Research by the OEMs. This direct access to the manufacturers is critical to the report’s success and insights into the current market. ACT releases both preliminary and finalized numbers based on the OEMs data as well as a complete report on the state of the industry.

One of the most important aspects of this report is the accompanying database. Historical data is available in Excel documents dating from 1996 to the present. With the monthly data provided by the OEMs, this report offers a rich data history that aids in model building, market intelligence for various companies. This report is a great compliment to ACT’S N.A. CV Outlook report as it gives the monthly, tactical data to support the Outlook.

To break this data down further, ACT has create the North American Classes 5-8 Vehicles by Country. This report dives deeper into the data monthly to review the market statistics of classes 5, 6, 7, and 8 trucks for the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Statistics reviewed covers year-to-date, current month, six views of industry performance, and export classes 5, 6, 7, and 8.

Want to take this data further still? You can access the OEM specific data with ACT’s North America OEM Classes 5-8 Build and Retail Sales report. This monthly State Of The Industry report that covers the building of and retails sales of classes 5, 6, 7, and 8 trucks for North America. This report will supply vital information to create an understanding of the current month build, retail sales as well as year-over-year and year-to-date information relative to classes 5, 6, 7, and 8 respectively.

How many commercial vehicles are in the United States?

The U.S commercial vehicle market has even greater visibility thanks to ACT’s U.S. Used Truck Class 3- 8 Vehicles report. This report comes with a database of over 700,000 transactions dating from 1996. A used truck mortality curve has been developed over the years by ACT that allows for full market visibility when combining used truck and new production data together.

This report is a great compliment to ACT’S N.A. CV Outlook report as it gives the monthly, tactical data to support the Outlook.