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February 3, 2016 - Industry News

January Sees Lackluster Class 8 Truck Orders

January was a tough month for truck manufacturers as Class 8 truck orders were down 35% compared to the previous month, according to a preliminary report from ACT Research.

Tags: Class 8, Medium-Duty Trucks, ACT Research, Truck Orders

January 22, 2016 - Industry News

Fuel Price Drop Causes Natural Gas Truck Sales to Slip

Gold Standard Transportation converted its OTR trucks to CNG. Photo courtesy of McNeilus Truck & Manufacturing.

With falling fuel prices, U.S. and Canadian natural gas Class 8 truck retail sales had a slower 2015 compared to the previous year.

Tags: Truck Sales, ACT Research, Natural Gas Vehicles, CNG

January 22, 2016 - Industry News

2015 A Banner Year for Trailer Shipments

Last year was the trailer industry’s best shipment year in history, edging out the previous record set in 1999.

Tags: Trailers, ACT Research, Trailer Orders

January 20, 2016 - Industry News

Class 8 Sleeper Orders Soared in 2015

The Class 8 sleeper segment saw its best sales and production numbers in history in 2015, according to the latest numbers from ACT Research.

Tags: Class 8, Medium-Duty Trucks, ACT Research, Truck Orders

January 6, 2016 - Industry News

Class 8 Truck Orders Rebound in December

Class 8 truck orders rebounded while Class 5-7 orders remained strong in December, according to preliminary numbers from ACT Research and FTR.

Tags: Class 8, Medium-Duty Trucks, ACT Research, Truck Orders, FTR

December 23, 2015 - Industry News

Used Market Falters in November, Flat for the Year

Used Class 8 truck sales were mixed in November, decreasing 23% from the previous month but gaining slightly for the year.

Tags: ACT Research, Used Trucks, Used Truck Sales

December 22, 2015 - Industry News

November Trailer Orders See Solid Gains

Large-fleet orders for dry vans have boosted business for trailer makers.

Dry vans led net order gains for the month and year, and the trailer industry is headed for "one of its best years in history," according to ACT Research.

Tags: Trailers, ACT Research, Trailer Orders, Dry Van

December 21, 2015 - Industry News

Medium Duty Positioned for 'Modest Growth' in 2016

Photo of 2016 Ford F-650 courtesy of Ford.

Orders of medium-duty vehicles logged another healthy month in November and appear ready for "continued modest growth" in 2016, an ACT Research analyst has predicted.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, ACT Research, Truck Orders

December 4, 2015 - Industry News

November Truck Order Numbers Not Looking Good

Compared with last year’s record truck order numbers, the early reports for this November show dramatically decreased demand in the Class 8 segment.

Tags: Class 8, Medium-Duty Trucks, ACT Research, Truck Orders, FTR

November 30, 2015 - Industry News

Monthly Used Truck Market Mixed; Stable for the Year

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Used Class 8 truck sales were mixed in October with volumes shrinking 3% from the previous month, per the latest report from ACT Research.

Tags: ACT Research, Used Trucks, Used Truck Sales

November 25, 2015 - Industry News

Trailer Orders Still Solid Despite Ups and Downs

There were more than 33,000 net trailer orders in October, down 7% from the previous month and down 30% vs. the same month a year ago.

Tags: Trailers, ACT Research, Trailer Orders

November 18, 2015 - Industry News

Truck Orders 'Unimpressive' in October

Photo: Yokohama Tire

Net order activity in October for new Class 8 and Class 5-7 trucks reflects the continuing slowdown in market activity, according to ACT Research Co.

Tags: Truck Sales, ACT Research, Truck Orders, Medium-Duty Trucks

November 13, 2015 - Industry News

ACT Research: October Volumes Reflect Freight Softening

Photo: U.S. DOT

A report on Class 8 freight volumes issued by ACT Research dovetails with other analysis released this week that signals motor carriers are starting to feel the effect of a slowdown in both import/export activity and in domestic manufacturing levels.

Tags: Economy, ACT Research, Freight

November 3, 2015 - Industry News

Truck Orders Expected to Fall Below Last Year's Levels

Photo: Ram

Class 5-8 vehicle orders are projected to hit 47,200 orders for the month of October which is up 14% from the previous month but 30% below last year’s numbers, according to ACT Research.

Tags: Class 8, Medium-Duty Trucks, ACT Research, Truck Orders

October 28, 2015 - Industry News

Trailers Orders See Early Fall Surge

Net trailer orders in September rose nearly 47% over the previous month, hitting almost 36,000 units, according to a report by ACT Research.

Tags: Trailers, ACT Research, Trailer Orders

October 26, 2015 - Industry News

Used Class 8 Market Still Experiencing Summer Slowdown

The used Class 8 truck market showed mixed results in September with same-dealer sales inching closer to the six-month volume average, according to a recent ACT Research report.

Tags: Class 8, ACT Research, Used Truck Sales

October 21, 2015 - Industry News

Class 8 Truck Orders Move Toward More Sustainable Pace

There were 19,400 Class 8 truck orders booked in September, slightly down from August but coming closer to a “more sustainable pace," according to ACT Research.

Tags: Class 8, Medium-Duty Trucks, ACT Research, Truck Orders

October 5, 2015 - Industry News

Rail Freight Weakens But Intermodal Grows

Photo: BNSF

While a lot of rail freight is not growing, rail intermodal is growing according to an analyst at ACT Research.

Tags: ACT Research, Railroads, Intermodal, Freight

October 1, 2015 - Industry News

Truck Demand May Be Slower Through 2016

After a strong end to 2014 and early 2015, the truck market has softened. With several unknown factors like regulations and fluctuating economic conditions, it looks like this trend may continue for a while.

Tags: Economy, Regulations, ACT Research, Truck Orders

September 29, 2015 - Industry News

Economist Shares Positive Outlook at ACT Research Seminar

Tuesday attendees at ACT Research seminar. Photo: ACT

At least one economist is feeling good about the U.S. economy. Speaking at the 53rd ACT Research seminar Tuesday, Augustine Faucher, senior economist for PNC Financial Services Group, told the audience that the market “continues to look good for U.S. produced goods.”

Tags: Economy, ACT Research

September 25, 2015 - Industry News

Used Class 8 Market Slips But Remains Strong

Used Class 8 volumes in August fell slightly from July but gained compared with last year’s numbers, according to the latest report from ACT Research.

Tags: Class 8, ACT Research, Used Truck Sales

September 18, 2015 - Industry News

Class 8 Truck Orders Subdued by Soft Economy

There were 20,200 Class 8 truck orders in August, beating projections from earlier in the month but well below last year’s numbers, according to ACT Research.

Tags: Class 8, Medium-Duty Trucks, ACT Research, Truck Orders

September 3, 2015 - Industry News

Class 8 Truck Orders Near 2-Year Lows in August

Preliminary numbers for Class 8 truck orders show near two-year lows in August, per the latest projections from ACT Research and FTR.

Tags: Class 8, Medium-Duty Trucks, ACT Research, Truck Orders, FTR

August 25, 2015 - Industry News

Monthly Used Class 8 Truck Orders Remain Flat

Gains on the retail side of the used truck market were offset by decreases in the auction and wholesale markets.

Tags: Wholesale Market, Retail Sales, ACT Research, Auctions, Used Truck Sales

August 19, 2015 - Industry News

Class 8 Orders Beat Expectations, Class 6-7 Up, ACT Says

Even without a press-release-worthy, 9,000-unit multi-year order, heavy truck sales were still higher than analysts anticipated.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Heavy-Duty Trucks, ACT Research, Truck Orders, Class 8

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