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February 5, 2014

January HD Preliminary Orders Up Y/Y

January NA Classes 5-7 net orders are expected at 17,000 units and Class 8 net orders are expected at 34,700 units, when actual data are released mid-month, according to ACT Research.

January 24, 2014

Trailer Orders Gain in December

The trailer industry saw a 14% month-over-month gain in net orders in December, as six of the ten trailer categories posted positive results. For 2013, a total of 231,700 orders were booked, down just under 2% from 2012’s result.

January 23, 2014

2013 Heavy Duty Orders Up 17%, Medium Duty Up 10%

December was the second biggest Class 8 order month since March 2006, with orders up roughly 50% month-over-month and year-over-year. Meanwhile, medium-duty December net orders fell month-over-month; but year-over-year orders were mixed, with Classes 6 to 7 rising 20% and Class 5 orders falling 16% against tough comparisons.

January 6, 2014

December Class 8 Preliminary Orders Up 50% M/M and Y/Y

December North American Classes 5-7 net orders are expected at 14,200 units and Class 8 net orders are expected at 31,800 units, when actual data are released mid-month.

December 27, 2013

Trailer Order Activity Solid over Past Few Months

The robust 43% month-over-month gain in net orders in October was followed by November’s less vigorous 3% month-over-month improvement. Strength was concentrated in dry vans, flats and liquid tanks.

December 19, 2013

November Class 8 Orders Disappoint; Medium Duty Demand on Gradual Rise

After a high-side surprise in October, Class 8 orders provided some low-side disappointment in November. For the month, new and net orders were 22,231 and 21,255 units, respectively.

December 4, 2013

ACT Research: November Preliminary Truck Order Numbers Up

November North American Class 5 through 7 net truck orders are expected to total 18,000 while Class 8 orders are expected at 21,200 units, when actual data are released mid-month, according to commercial vehicle data analysts at ACT Research.

November 26, 2013

October Average Price and Volumes of Used Class 8 Trucks Up

The average selling price of total reported used Class 8 trucks continues to hold up better than expected, according to the latest release of the State of the Industry: U.S. Classes 3-8 Used Trucks, published by ACT Research.

November 22, 2013

October Trailer Orders Robust, Up 43% M/M

The fall order season for trailers kicked off with an impressive 43% month-over-month net order gain. Total net orders were 24,900 units. The year-over-year comparison was less robust, but still a solid 6% increase. This information was included in the most recent State of the Industry: U.S. Trailers published by ACT Research Co.

November 20, 2013

Classes 5-8 Orders Strong in October; Market “Good but Not Great”

As expected from the preliminary report, Classes 5-8 orders were strong in October. This updated status of the North America commercial vehicle market was included in the State of the Industry report, recently released by ACT Research Co.

November 6, 2013

Preliminary October Class 8 Orders Strong

FTR and ACT Research released preliminary data showing October Class 8 net orders were up for October. FTR reported that Class 8 preliminary orders rose 39% from September to 25,960 units.

October 28, 2013

September Trailer Orders Above 240k Rate Seasonally Adjusted

September was the second straight month where trailer industry net orders were above the 240k rate on a seasonally adjusted basis. Despite that strength, industry backlogs continue to be thin.

October 24, 2013

ACT Research: Average Price of Used Class 8 Trucks Better Than Expected

Used truck dealers continue to characterize business as “good” or even better than expected, although maybe not quite as strong as they had hoped, according to the latest release of the State of the Industry: U.S. Classes 3-8 Used Trucks, published by ACT Research.

October 22, 2013

September Class 8 Orders Modest, Class 5-7 Orders Up 18%

September is typically the second weakest order month of the year for Class 8, so modest activity was expected, reports ACT Research. Class 8 net orders were 19,018 units, and there also was a spike in cancellations.

October 20, 2013

'Eyes on the Economy' Panel Examines 'OK' Economy

The economy and freight continues to chug along in an "OK" mode, while stagnant capacity and new and pending regulations put the industry "on the cusp of a capacity crunch" if the economy speeds up, according to a panel of economic and industry experts at the American Trucking Associations' annual convention Sunday.

October 3, 2013

September Class 8 Orders to Outpace August, Medium-Duty Orders Reach 16,500

Class 8 orders rose compared to August and a year ago. When actual data is available mid-month, Class 8 orders are expected at 20,100 units.

September 24, 2013

Average Price of Class 8 Used Trucks Better Than Expected

The average selling price of total reported Class 8 used trucks continued to hold up better than expected in August, according to the latest release of the State of the Industry: U.S. Classes 3-8 Used Trucks, published by ACT Research.

September 23, 2013

Trailer Orders Better, But Backlog Still Thin

Every trailer category posted month-over-month order gains in August, according to the most recent update on industry performance reported in the State of the Industry: U.S. Trailers published by ACT Research Co.

September 19, 2013

Classes 5-8 Orders Good in August; Orders Placed with Short Lead Times

As expected from the preliminary report, August was a good month for Classes 5-8 orders. However, the absence of sustained economic strength remains a limitation for Class 8 demand, and build expectations have been sharply curtailed over the past two months.

September 6, 2013

August Preliminary Net Orders Up for Class 8 and Classes 5-7

August saw Class 8 orders rise to their highest level in three months with a preliminary reading of 19,500 units (+20%y/y). The August seasonal factor is the third lowest in 2013. When applied, August’s seasonally adjusted Class 8 order total rises to 22,000 units. The August SA reading represents the third best order month in the past 20.

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