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New Video Series for Truck Dealers and Upfitters

MITSUBISHI HC CAPITAL AMERICA AND ACT RESEARCH RELEASE VIDEO SERIES FOR TRUCK DEALERS AND UPFITTERS

Despite Current Economic Activity, 2023 Decline Yet to Come

Market update: Trailer orders nearly double from September

IS A MASSIVE PREBUY HEADED TOWARD TRUCKING?

Mitsubishi HC Capital America, ACT Research Release Video Series for Truck Dealers, Upfitters

Trailer orders surge in October

ACT: Trailer demand breaking through higher interest rates, weaker economy

ACT Research: Weak economic numbers, high interest make little impact on commercial vehicle sector

Supply-Demand Balance Increases as Freight Rates Decline

ACT: Freight rates well into ‘bottoming process’

Used Class 8 Retail Sales Fluctuate During Fall Season

ACT Research: Used Class 8 sales fall in October

ACT Research’s Class 8 Tractor Dashboard drops 6th time in 7 months

Class 8 tractor dashboard falls for sixth time in seven months

ACT Research: October net trailer orders higher than September

Trailer orders surge in October

Trailer orders surge in October

October U.S. Trailer Orders Up 83% M/M, 171% Y/Y

October Trailer Orders Surge

Concerns grow as US freight spot rates continue to drop below costs

ACT Research sounds alarm on ‘bottoming’ trucking market

Spot Rates Now Further Below Costs Than Ever Before

Spot Rates Decline, Concerns About Diesel Shortage Rise

ACT Research: Trucking costs exceed spot rates

ACT Research: Commercial vehicle market resilient despite aggressive interest rate hikes

Trailer Orders Surge 82% in October

Trailer orders soar in October as OEMs raise intake

ACT Research: Preliminary October trailer orders jump as 2023 order boards open

Trailer orders surge as OEMs comfortable taking more orders

Preliminary October Net Trailer Orders Jump as 2023 Orderboards Open More Fully

Trailer orders jump in the US

Used Class 8 Prices Surprisingly Increase From September

ACT: Used-truck sales down, but prices rise and surprise

Used market volume contraction continues

October’s Used Truck Average Retail Volumes Decrease 30% Compared to 2021

ACT Research shows bullishness on final months of 2022; 2023 forecast unchanged

‘Compelling case’ for strong CV equipment market in 2023: ACT Research

NA CV Forecasts Slightly Raised, Economic Activity Favorable

November Commercial Vehicle Forecasts Slightly Higher than October, Class 8 Forecasts Stable

October Marks ‘Turning Point’ in Class 8 Orders

October Class 8 Orders Continue at Robust Levels

Class 8 Orders Soar in October on Pent-Up Demand

Class 8 orders stay strong, but the party may end soon

Preliminary October Class 8 orders are solid coming off of record September levels

Preliminary October Class 8 orders are solid coming off of record September levels

October Class 8 Sales Show Broad Gains Over Year Earlier

Preliminary October Net Trailer Orders Jump as 2023 Orderboards Open More Fully

Trailer Orders on Upward Trend as 2023 Orderboards Open

ACT Research: Trucking costs exceed spot rates

Spot Rates Now Further Below Costs Than Ever Before

ACT Research to Host 68th OUTLOOK Seminar in February

ACT Research Reports Slightly Lowered Forecasts as Fed Continues to Raise Rates

October Class 8 Orders Continue to Rise

ACT Research: New trailer orders off to races

ACT: 2023 orderboard ‘floodgates’ open, trailer orders ‘rush in’

ACT Research: Net trailer orders rise 47% in August

ACT Research: Used Class 8 Retail Volumes Drop in September

Used Class 8 Market Softens More in September

ACT Research: Class 8 Tractor Dashboard drops 5th time in 6 months

ACT Research: Class 8 Tractor Dashboard Drops for Fifth Time in Six Months

ACT Research: Volume, productivity, supply-demand balance all down in September

ACT Research: September Experiences Slump in For-Hire Trucking Index

Despite slipping volumes, used truck pricing held up well in September

ACT Research: Classes 5-8 Economy Resilient Against Interest Rate Hikes

Trailer order uncertainty? September preliminary orders show large variance

ACT Research: September Preliminary Net Trailer Orders Up 45%

September Trailer Orders Highest Since March

Used Class 8 sales, prices both down in September

Trailer orders on the rise as OEMs prepare for a ‘rapid’ 2023

Natural gas sales on the rise through August

Sales of Class 8 natural gas trucks on a roller coaster, says ACT Research

Recent increase shown in US net trailer orders

The Good News And Bad News About The State Of The Trucking Industry

Cass Transportation Index Report September 2022

ACT Research: Inflation and Rising Rates Dampen Forecasts

ACT Research releases report on North American commercial autonomous vehicles

ACT Research slightly lowers market forecasts

ACT Research: DRIVING AUTOMATION Report Released

September new big truck orders go through the roof

Interest rate hikes persist, optimism for taming inflation wanes

August preliminary US trailer net orders rising

ACT Research and DAT Freight & Analytics announce strategic agreement

Class 8 truck orders set monthly record in September

ACT Research: September Class 8 Orders Rise

September Class 8 Orders Highest Monthly Total Ever

Logistics Report

Uber Freight economist: Contract rates edging into negative territory

ACT Research: Used Class 8 Trucks Retail Volume Rises in August

Pent-up demand to drive 2023

Trailer orders rise as OEMs improve production levels

ACT Research’s September Forecasts Remain Unchanged, Recession Still Expected

ACT Research: DAT, ACT partner to boost analytics services

Modules offer transport solution to trailer backlog

Sales of used Class 8s surge in August

Trailer orders, backlog-to-build improve: ACT Research

ACT Research: Class 8 Tractor Dashboard Rises in July after Four Negative Months

Topsy-turvy times for used trucks

‘Who cares’ if this is a recession? CV demand could prop up market

Used Class 8 Retail Sales Volumes, Average Price, Miles & Age All Down in July

Emission Reduction Initiatives and CV Trends Keep on Truckin’

Truck Tech: Rush hour edition

Is the Largest Truck Prebuy Ever on the Horizon?

‘Stable’ medium-duty market shows positive signs for mid-decade growth

2023 projected to be ‘very good year’ but …: CV Dealer Digest

US Used Truck Data Messy in the Details

August Order Rebound Indicates July Weakness an Outlier, not a Canary

ACT Research Holds Seminar on Decarbonization and Autonomous Technology

‘Stable’ medium-duty market shows positive signs for mid-decade growth

U.S. Economy Added 372,000 Jobs in June, Defying Slowdown Fears

Used truck prices fall, but trailer demand is tight

Trailer manufacturers keep the brakes on new orders

Trailer manufacturers keep the brakes on new orders

Trailer backlogs build deeper into 2023: ACT Research

TRAILER MANUFACTURERS KEEP THE BRAKES ON NEW ORDERS

Trailer manufacturers keep the brakes on new orders

Chance of mild recession rises, but “soft landing” still most likely outcome of inflation fight

Trailer makers face 8-month backlog as U.S. trailer industry backlog grew 3% in Dec but ended the year 9% below

Trailer orders to surge as supply chain improves: ACT Research

Autonomous trucking company Plus drives faster transition to semi-autonomous trucks

Truckers Want More Trucks Than Industry Can Build

OEMs ‘careful’ in managing trailer orders: ACT Research

US trailer OEMs to manage tight orders

Electrification Making Inroads in Commercial-Vehicle Sector

Truck Tech: Already there edition

Trailer orders hold firm in January

Preliminary US Trailer January Net Orders Match the Year-End 2021 Pace

ACT: Half of Class 4-8 Sales to be BEV by 2035

Growing trailer backlog challenges manufacturers

Post-Lockdown Conditions Idyllic for Commercial Vehicle Demand, But Are Production Levels Sustainable?

ACT Research: Preliminary U.S. Trailer December Net Orders Were 26,600 Units; 2021 Closes On A Softer Note

Trailer Orders Soften in December 2021

Cross-Border Concern; China Stocks Up; Shopping for Staff

Transportation Groups Seek Federal Help to Ease Chip Shortage

Cass Transportation Index Report November 2021

Ask a Truck Expert: Q&A with Steve Tam, VP of ACT Research

Class 8 Orders Remain Tight Due to OEM Production Issues

ACT Research: Used Class 8 Sales Volumes Increase M/M for First Time in 6 Months

Burgeoning back orders: Fleets reluctant to book new trucks in October

Truck Market Was Strong In September

ACT Research For-Hire Trucking Index: Trucking Stronger in September

Trailer Orders Improve in September

ACT: September trailer orders surge

ACT Research lowers truck production forecasts

Trucking industry not confident in Biden’s 24/7 port plan

Supply-Side Constraints Again Result in CV Production Forecast Adjustments

Class 8 Orders Down Despite Strong Demand

ACT Research: August Used Class 8 Sales Volumes Shrink on M/M and Y/Y Basis

Commercial Vehicle Demand Robust, Says ACT Research

ACT: Freight volumes, rates remain strong despite August dip

ACT Research: U.S. Net Trailer Orders Rise 52% M/M, Fall 57% Y/Y

Economic recovery leads to supply chain issues

ACT Research: Commercial Vehicle Demand Still Strong, Supply Remains Constrained

Supply constraints lead ACT Research to cut forecasts

The underlying problems with the ‘best freight market in history’

Used truck prices are making and breaking records

ACT Research: Used Truck Volumes Fall 24% Y/Y in August, Prices on the Rise

ACT Research: Used truck pricing likely to peak mid-year 2022

ACT Freight Forecast: Stronger-for-Longer Peak, with a Series of Inflationary Events

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Analyst: Trucking industry faces ‘stronger, longer’ peak season

ACT Research slashes production forecast as component shortages linger

ACT Research: Continued Supply-Side Constraints Result in CV Production Forecast Cuts

Hot truck demand handcuffed by chip shortage

Chip Shortage Curtails Heavy-Duty Truck Production

ACT Research: Preliminary North American Class 8 and MD Orders Hit Five-Month Highs

ACT Research: July Used Class 8 Sales Volumes Dip M/M and Y/Y

Used Class 8 Market Strong in July

ACT Research: Class 8 Build Rates Fall in July, Counter Usual Up-Cycle Activity

ACT Research: Class 8 build rates step backward in July

ACT: Trailer orders on hold, but ‘surge’ coming

July Class 8 truck preliminary net orders remain in similar territory

ACT Research: July Trailer Orders Slip 35% M/M and 63% Y/Y

ACT Research Data Shows Continued Strength in Freight and Heavy Vehicle Demand

Trailer Makers Struggle to Meet High Demand

ACT Research: Used Truck Prices Rise as Secondary Market Inventory Trickles

ACT Research: U.S. Trailer Production Slowed by Capacity Issues

New & Used Medium & Heavy-Duty Truck Prices Will Likely Continue Rising Amid Components Shortages

Bigger Footprints; Pumping up Profits; Cashing in on Carbon

Wooing Warehouse Labor; Food Price Fix; High Growth Demand

Cass Freight Index: U.S. freight volumes return to pre-pandemic levels in July, costs go higher

Holding pattern: July Class 8 truck orders hide underlying demand

ACT Research: Class 8 Vehicle Orders Side Step in July, Medium-Duty Orders Jump 30%

Preliminary NA Class 8 Vehicle Orders Side-Step in July, MD Orders Jump 30%

June Used Class 8 Sales Volumes and Average Miles Fell Sequentially, While Average Price Rose and Age Was Flat

ACT Research: Heavy-Duty Vehicle Forecasts Remain Strong

ACT Research: June Used Class 8 Sales Volumes and Average Miles Fall Sequentially

ACT report says used prices rose again in June

Truck electrification a realty?

ACT Research: Commercial Vehicle Market Heading Toward Stability at High Levels

ACT Research For-Hire Trucking Index: Metrics Moderating, but Still Healthy

ACT Research: Trailer orders drop double-digits year over year

Net trailer orders drop in June, but demand for reefers surges

Good stuff gone: Older used trucks show up in June auctions

ACT Research: Class 8 Volumes Up 23% YTD Despite Declines in June

The State of Truck Manufacturing and How it Will Affect Freight Capacity and Rates

Electric Semi-Trucks Enter Race Toward Reaching Zero Emissions

ACT Research: June Preliminary Net Trailer Orders at 11,100 Units, 20% Better M/M but 19% Lower Y/Y

Trailer orders recover slowly from 2020 dip

New reports show more good news for future equipment sales

Trailer Orders Still Subdued in June

Preliminary North American Class 8 orders are strong again in June

New Class 8 truck orders take a June vacation but still robust

ACT Research: China’s Commercial Vehicle Market Experiences Sales Uptick in Q1/21

Average Used Class 8 in May Brings All-Time High Price

ACT Research: Analysts predict Class 8, freight markets will be ‘as good as it gets’ in Q3

Class 8 Orders Expected to Rise Materially in Coming Months

ACT Research: Class 8 Orders Expected to ‘Rise Materially in Coming Months’

ACT Research Reports Strong Mid-Year Indicators for Economy, Freight, Utilization

Order book availability to determine when Class 8 orders pick up

When will the strong commercial vehicle demand end?

ACT Research For-Hire Trucking Index: Prices continue strongest-ever trend

Electric Trucks Are On the Way and Here’s Why

ACT Research: With Present CV Demand Strong, the Question Is When Does It End?

ACT Research: Net U.S. Trailer Orders Decline M/M, Increase Y/Y in May

Trailer builders get respite in May as orders edge back toward normalcy

ACT reports May net trailer orders down 39% from April but up nearly 170% year over year

ACT Research: Strong Economic Activity and Capacity Constraints Impacting CV Markets

ACT Research: Preliminary Net Trailer Orders in May Fall 39% M/M

Preliminary data from ACT Research, FTR show 32% drop in Class 8 orders for May

ACT Research’s Class 8 tractor dashboard: ‘It doesn’t get any better than this.’

ACT Research: Transition to New Powertrains/Fuels Means Planning for CV Fleets

ACT Research: Production Potential is 2021’s Commercial Vehicle Challenge

ACT Research: Transition to New Powertrains/Fuels Means Planning for CV Fleets

ACT Research: Production Potential is 2021’s Commercial Vehicle Challenge

ACT: ‘Life in the Trenches is a Jungle Right Now’ in Commercial Vehicle Industry

ACT: Third of Class 4-8 Vehicles to be Battery-Electric in 10 Years

Fall in May Class 8 truck orders masks underlying demand

ACT Research: Preliminary NA Classes 5-8 Vehicle Orders Moderated Again in May

ACT Research: Transitioning to new powertrains, fuels

ACT Research: Final Trailer Orders for April Experience 52% M/M Decline

Welcome to the ‘jungle’: ACT Research CV markets update

ACT Research shows less trailer orders in April with production constraints

Trucking rates have never been better: ACT Research

Trailer orders fall to lowest total in 11 months

ACT Research: Production Constraints Challenge U.S. Trailer Production

ACT Research: April Net Trailer Orders 52% Lower than March, YTD Volume Up 164%

April trailer orders slide but blow away near-zero builds a year ago

ACT Research: Net Class 8 Orders Pull Back in April, with Backlog Essentially Filled

Production constraints challenging trailer OEMs

OEMS struggling ‘to turn orders into trucks’ amid supply shortages: ACT Research

Class 8 truck orders pull back; backlog essentially filled

March trailer orders triple 2020 volume: ACT Research

Class 8 Truck Orders Backlogged Until 2022

ACT Research For-Hire Trucking Index: Strongest Pricing Ever

Trailer Orders for March 2021

Average Price for Used Class 8 Sets All-Time Record

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ACT Research Discusses Persistent Supply Chain Constraints in Latest Freight Forecast

Carriers enjoying ‘strongest freight market ever’: ACT Research

ACT Research: 2021 Commercial Vehicle Production a Question of Supply, Not Demand

ACT Research Partners with KGP for Global Electric Vehicle Study

ACT Research: CV Production in 2021 Is a Question of Supply, Not Demand

How are things at Mack Trucks? First-quarter orders pop 263%, but parts shortages could slow momentum

April Class 5-8 truck orders soar above 2020 numbers

ACT Research: Preliminary North American Class 5-8 Vehicle Orders Moderated in April

April Class 8 truck orders: Too much of a good thing?

April Class 5-8 truck orders soar above 2020 numbers

Truck driver availability hit new low in March, ACT says

Logistics Reports-In Other News

ACT: Class 8 Natural Gas Truck Retail Sales Contract 25% YTD Through February 2021

Have carriers learned not to overextend their fleet expansion efforts?

Natural gas truck sales down in 2021: ACT

ACT Research: Much to Like About Economy, Freight and Commercial Vehicle Demand

ACT: Driver Availability Hits Low Point in March

ACT Research: U.S. Net and New Trailer Orders Gain M/M, Show Triple-Digit Growth Y/Y

North American Freight Market Insights

Cass Transportation Index Report March 2021

ACT: Preliminary Used Class 8 Data Show Sales Up M/M, Y/Y and YTD in March

ACT Research: March Preliminary Net Trailer Orders Up 12% M/M

Preliminary used Class 8 sales up M/M, Y/Y, YTD

March preliminary trailer orders of 29,500 12% better than February

Trucking Companies Boost Pay in Hunt for Drivers as Demand Surges

March Preliminary Net Orders of 29,500 Trailers 12% Better than February

ACT Research: Breakdowns in Supply Chain Limit Class 8 Sales Recovery

March Trailer Orders Hit 29,500, Triple a Year Earlier

ACT Research: Economic, Freight Indicators Remain Positive for Commercial Vehicle Market

ACT Research: U.S. Economy and Heavy Truck Market “as Good as It Gets”

US Economy and Heavy Truck Market As Good As It Gets

Preliminary Class 8 truck orders are strong in March, according to FTR and ACT data

ACT: Classes 5-8 Vehicle Orders Continue Strong in March

ACT Research’s Trucking Index Reveals Another New Low in Driver Availability

Class 5-8 orders hold strong through February

ACT Research: China’s Commercial Vehicle Markets Report Sales Upticks in Q4/20

February Used Class 8 Market Hot, Demand Outpaces Supply

Continued demand, limited production push trailer orders into 2022

ACT Research: U.S. Trailer Orders Dip Sequentially in February, Remain Strong Y/Y

Truck Talk: ‘Look, Ma, no hands’ edition

Trailer orders dip in February, but remain strong over last year

ACT: COVID-19-Related Services-to-Goods Substitution Increasing CV Demand

Truck Orders Strong Heading into New Year

ACT says ‘never serious doubt’ commercial vehicle demand to rise in 2021

2020 has been ‘roller coaster ride’ for motor carriers, says ACT Research

ACT Research: 2020 Has Been a Roller Coaster for Motor Carriers

ACT Research For-Hire Trucking Index Highlights Tight Supply-Demand Balance

ACT: U.S. Trailer Net Orders Post Another Improvement in October

ACT Research: Spending on goods driving freight demand

ACT Research: Spending on Goods Driving Recovery in Freight Demand

ACT Research: YTD Used Class 8 Sales Up, Average Price, Miles and Age Down

Truck fleets order new trailers in record numbers as covid recovery strains freight capacity

North American Commercial Vehicle Demand Continues Upward Trend

Preliminary Data Shows Trailer Industry Posted More Than 54k Net Trailer Orders In October

Trailer orders top 50,000 units for second straight month in October

ACT Research: Commercial Vehicle Market Expectations Move Higher

ACT Research: October Trailer Orders Third Highest in History

ACT Research: Motor Carriers Experience Growth in Volume and Pricing Power

ACT Research: Preliminary Information Shows the Trailer Industry Posted More Than 54k Net Trailer Orders In October; Third Highest Month in History

Class 8 Orders Spike in October

October Class 8 Orders Jump Higher

2018 redux: Truck-buying binge borrowing from future business

ACT: Class 8 Natural Gas Truck Retail Sales Contract 15% YTD

ACT: Rising CV Demand Forecasts Represent Pull-Forward of Cyclical Expectations

September net trailer orders up 174% from 2019: ACT

ACT: September For-Hire Trucking Index Highlights Tight Supply-Demand Balance

ACT Research: September Used Truck Volumes Remain Up YTD

ECONOMIC WATCH: Trucking’s recovery surprising

ACT Research: For-Hire in Tight Supply-Demand Balance

ACT Research: U.S. Trailer Net Orders Post Another Significant Improvement in September

ACT Not Concerned About North American Commercial Vehicle Demand for 2021

ACT Research: YTD sales up for used Class 8 trucks

ACT Research: Preliminary Used Class 8 Sales Flat M/M, Up Y/Y in September

ACT Research analyst upgrades commercial vehicle market forecast across the board

ACT Research’s Freight Forecast Indicates Tightness May Persist

ACT Research to add commercial electric vehicles to market outlook study offerings

Class 8 sales signal an end to the freight recession

September Medium-Duty Sales Flat

ACT Research: Commercial Vehicle Market Forecasts Upgraded in October

ACT Research to Release New Report on Commercial Electric Vehicles in 2021

Truck orders jump in September as fleets respond to sustained freight demand

Preliminary North American Class 8 orders see major September gains

ACT Research: Preliminary NA Class 8 Orders Rise 145% Y/Y in September

ACT report shows August used truck sales volume up, average price, miles, age down

ACT upgrades CV outlook on ‘perfect storm of positives’

All-new Western Star 49X vocational truck breaks cover

Forging Ahead: The Evolution of Transportation in the COVID-19 Age

ACT Research’s For-Hire Trucking Index Highlights Driver Shortage

ACT Research: August used truck metrics show volumes remain up YTD

‘Perfect storm’ of positives impacting commercial-vehicle market, ACT says

Western Star Introduces 49X Heavy-Duty Vocational Model

ACT: ‘Perfect Storm’ of Positives Causes Sharp Upgrades in CV Expectations Since May

August Used Truck Metrics Show Volumes Remain Up YTD, with Average Price, Miles and Age Down

Used truck metrics indicate volumes remain up in August

ACT’s latest for-hire trucking index highlights driver shortage

Driver shortage forces tight freight market as pandemic impacts linger

For-Hire Trucking Index Highlights Driver Shortage

Trucking industry on fast track to recovery after driver turnover plummeted amid COVID-19

Truckload tightness to continue, U.S. Xpress report says

Used Trucks Volumes Up, Average Price Down for August

Dealers Jumping Back Into Used Class 8 Market

ACT Research For-Hire Trucking Index highlights driver shortage

ACT Research: U.S. Trailer Net Orders Up 49% M/M, 160% Y/Y

Consumer Spending Rises in August

ACT Research Reveals K-Shaped Economic Recovery for Commercial Vehicle Orders

ECONOMIC WATCH: Trailer orders surge, but does strength have legs?

ACT Research: U.S. Trailer Net Orders Up 49% M/M, 160% Y/Y

U.S. Trailer Net Orders Post Another Significant Improvement in August

China CV Markets Report Sales Upticks in Second Quarter

ACT August final: Trailer orders up 49% from July

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