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March 15, 2017

Trailer Orders Down in February, but Still Up From Last Year

February trailer orders are expected to trail January’s excellent numbers but still exceed last year’s numbers, according to the preliminary estimates from ACT Research.

March 7, 2017

Federal Grants Fund Green Tech Despite Uncertain Future

While U.S. Department of Energy grants are still funding electric vehicle and alternative fuel technologies, it is uncertain how the Trump administration could affect this funding in the future.

March 3, 2017

Class 8 Orders Still Look Strong in February

Class 8 truck orders are expected to be strong again in February, beating expectations for the second month in a row, according to preliminary numbers from ACT Research and FTR.

February 21, 2017

Truck Orders Reflect Rebounding Market

Class 8 truck orders hit a 13-month high in January at 22,188 units, rebounding from poor 2016 numbers for the second and third quarter, according to ACT Research.

February 21, 2017

January Trailer Orders Indicate Rise in Fleet Confidence

Trailer orders in January increased 92% compared to the same month of 2016 but were down slightly from December's orders, according to ACT Research.

February 3, 2017

Truck Orders Hit 13-Month High in January

With the preliminary numbers rolling in from ACT Research and FTR, it is looking like January was a banner month for both heavy- and medium-duty truck orders.

January 20, 2017

Trailer Orders Finish Strong in December

The trailer industry closed 2016 on a high note, with increases in dry van and reefer orders yet was down compared to November, according to ACT Research.

January 10, 2017

Medium-Duty Orders Fall 1.1% in 2016

Orders of classes 5 to 7 vehicles declined 1.1% in 2016 after a strong December finish and have outpaced heavy-duty truck orders in part due to pent-up demand from government fleet purchasers, according to ACT Research.

January 5, 2017

Class 8 Truck Orders to See Expected Increase

Class 8 truck net orders are projected to realize a solid increase in December, according to preliminary numbers from FTR and ACT Research.

December 27, 2016

ACT Research Doubles Down on Natural Gas Analysis

Based on recent analysis, ACT Research believes that the natural gas and alternative fuel industries in the U.S. are “alive and kicking,” and suggests that fleets should consider which solution best fits their needs.

December 21, 2016

Used Class 8 Sales Rise Slightly

Used Class 8 truck same dealer sales saw an unexpected bump in November, recording a 1% increase compared to the previous month, according to ACT Research.

December 20, 2016

Class 8 Truck Orders Rebound

Class 8 net orders increased in November following heavy cancellations in the previous month, according to final numbers from ACT Research.

December 16, 2016

Dry Van Surge Powers Trailer Orders Past Expectations

Trailer orders in November beat expectations by a wide margin due in part to large orders placed by large fleets, according to the latest trailer numbers from analysts at FTR and ACT Research.

December 6, 2016

Medium-Duty Orders Fall 18% in November

Orders of Classes 5 to 7 vehicles fell 18% in November from October and 10% from a year ago, according to ACT Research.

November 23, 2016

Used Truck Sales Score Modest Rise

Used Class 8 truck same-dealer sales increased in October, according to ACT Research, offsetting the decline reported in September.

November 18, 2016

Class 8 Orders Were Hurt by Cancellations

Net Class 8 orders were weak in October, driven by a high number of cancellations in the month, according to ACT Research.

November 3, 2016

Early Class 8 Order Numbers Flat for the Month

Class 8 truck orders are projected to be essentially flat in October when compared to September, according to preliminary numbers from analysts at ACT Research and FTR.

October 31, 2016

Natural Gas Truck Sales Fall in Weak Freight Environment

U.S. and Canadian natural gas Class 8 truck sales declined over a three-month period from June to August, according to the latest quarterly report from ACT Research.

October 26, 2016

Used Class 8 Truck Sales Plunge 11%

Used Class 8 same-dealer truck sales fell in September, reversing a growth trend that started in February, according to ACT Research.

October 21, 2016

Lukewarm Class 8 Orders See Trivial Increase

Net Class 8 truck orders in September increased modestly from the previous month, possibly signaling that a historically weak season for orders was ending.

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