Class 8

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December 20, 2013

Class 8 Update: Economics Forge Change

Is trucking in for a transformation? Many believe that long-haul trucking will become less important as regional operations grow and intermodal takes over more long-haul freight, and that will change the type of heavy-duty tractor bought by many trucking companies.

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 3, 2013

Heavy Truck Orders Top 20K for Second Straight Month

November Class 8 truck orders totaled 20,915, the second consecutive month above the 20,000 mark, according to preliminary data from transportation forecasting firm FTR. However, the company notes that was below expectations.

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 23, 2013

Euro-Style Cabovers in the U.S. and Canada?

All That's Trucking Blog: Could we see a re-emergence of Class 8 cabovers in the U.S. and Canada? A couple of Canadian fleets appear to be interested in them for improved freight efficiency, but an exec from the one company that's still making them doesn't think drivers would stand for it.

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 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.

October 3, 2013

Used Sleeper Tractor Pricing Hits New Record

According to August sales reported to NADA by dealers, auctions, and OEMs, sleeper tractor pricing has set a new record in the retail channel, and returned the best month of the year in the wholesale channel.

September 25, 2013

Commercial Vehicle Market Update: Fleets Still Cautious

INDIANAPOLIS -- As we continue to see mixed signals from the short-term economy, many are suffering from "stable environment anxiety," said Eric Starks, president of FTR Transportation Intelligence, in a commercial vehicle market update during FTR's Transportation Conference this week in Indianapolis.

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.

August 22, 2013

Freightliner’s 122SD, Coronado’s Replacement, Enters Production

Freightliner Trucks’ 122SD severe-duty model has gone into full production at its Santiago, Mexico, plant. The truck replaces the Coronado SD, which it resembles, as the builder’s “cornerstone” vocational vehicle, according to Mary Aufdemberg, Freightliner’s director of product marketing.

August 5, 2013

FTR Reports Another Drop in Class 8 Order Activity for July

FTR Associates has released preliminary data showing July Class 8 truck net orders at 17,307 the lowest level since September 2012. July orders were down 7% from June; however they were 38% better than the same month a year ago.

July 3, 2013

FTR Reports Lower Class 8 Order Activity in June

FTR Associates has released preliminary data showing June Class 8 truck net orders at 18,606, 18% less than May and the first month orders have been below 20,000 since November 2012.

July 2, 2013

June Preliminary Class 8 Net Orders Take a Holiday

In typical seasonal fashion, North America Class 8 orders fell in June, with the preliminary count coming in at 18,900 units. Compared to the same month last year, Class 8 net orders were 13% stronger.

June 5, 2013

May Preliminary Net Orders Flat for Class 8

Both FTR Associates and ACT Research have reported preliminary data for May Class 8 truck net orders that were essentially flat.

May 21, 2013

April Class 8 Orders Up 36% Year-Over-Year

ACT Research said Class 8 vehicle orders in April stayed above 20,000 units for a seventh consecutive month. This total is the second highest volume of orders in 16 months, ACT stated.

April 4, 2013

March Class 8 Orders Not as Weak as First Glance May Appear

Preliminary numbers for March show Class 8 truck orders dropped slightly from February, but analysts are not concerned by when they see as a temporary dip.

March 5, 2013

Orders for New Trucks Pick Up Steam in February

Two separate reports show orders for new commercial trucks in North America were good through the first two months of the year.

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