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February 26, 2014 - Industry News

January Heavy-Duty Used Truck Average Price Sets Record

The average selling price of total reported used Class 8 trucks set a record in January at just over $44,000, according to the latest release of the State of the Industry: U.S. Classes 3-8 Used Trucks, published by ACT Research.

Tags: Class 8, ACT Research, Used Truck Sales

February 25, 2014 - Industry News

Solid Quotes Lead to Healthy January Trailer Orders

Net orders for trailers in January increased a robust 28% year-over-year. This information was included in the most recent State of the Industry: U.S. Trailers published by ACT Research Co.

Tags: Trailers, ACT Research

February 25, 2014 - Industry News

ACT Research Offers Online Natural Gas Calculators

ACT Research Co. has released online fuel payback calculators that can help companies make the best fuel choices for their applications. The calculators, which are available at no charge at ACT’s website, allow fleets to easily calculate the diesel gallon equivalent of CNG or LNG at the pump as the commodity cost of natural gas changes.

Tags: ACT Research, DGE, CNG, LNG, Fuel Economy, Natural Gas, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

February 19, 2014 - Industry News

January HD Net Orders Up 51%

Class 8 net orders started 2014 with a high-side surprise, up 9% month-over-month and 51% year-over-year. Classes 5-7 also got off to a good start with orders up 14% month-over-month and 33% year-over-year.

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

February 5, 2014 - Industry News

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.

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

January 24, 2014 - Industry News

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.

Tags: ACT Research, Trailer

January 23, 2014 - Industry News

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.

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

January 6, 2014 - Industry News

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.

Tags: Class 8, ACT Research

December 19, 2013 - Industry News

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.

Tags: Class 8, ACT Research

December 4, 2013 - Industry News

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.

Tags: Truck Sales, ACT Research, Truck Orders

November 20, 2013 - Industry News

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

Photo: Evan Lockridge

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.

Tags: Class 8, ACT Research, Truck Sales

November 6, 2013 - Industry News

Preliminary October Class 8 Orders Strong

Credit: FTR

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.

Tags: Class 8, ACT Research, FTR, Truck Sales

October 28, 2013 - Industry News

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.

Tags: ACT Research, Trailers

October 24, 2013 - Industry News

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

Used truck prices are still looking good, despite increasing age and mileage. (Photo by Evan Lockridge)

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.

Tags: ACT Research, Used Truck Sales

October 22, 2013 - Industry News

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.

Tags: Class 8, Truck Sales, ACT Research

October 20, 2013 - Industry News

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

The &#39;Eyes on the Economy&#39; panel featured, from left, ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello, ACT Research&#39;s Kenny Vieth, and Mark Vitner from Wells Fargo. (Photo by Evan Lockridge)<br />

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.

Tags: Economy, ATA, ACT Research, Truck Tonnage, ATA2013

August 21, 2013 - Industry News

Trailer Orders Below Expectations in July

Even with the appropriate seasonal perspective, trailer order volume was below expectations in July. July net orders of 12,739 units were down 17% month-over-month.

Tags: Trailers, ACT Research

August 2, 2013 - Industry News

July Preliminary Net Orders On Target

As expected, North American Class 8 net orders were lower in July, with the preliminary count coming in at 17,600 units. Compared to the same month last year, Class 8 net orders were 36% stronger.

Tags: ACT Research

July 22, 2013 - Industry News

Class 8 Truck Sales at Nine-Month High While June Orders Drop

Although commercial vehicle orders slipped month over month in June, there was still good news to be had, with heavy-duty retail sales at a nine-month high when seasonally adjusted.

Tags: Truck Sales, ACT Research, Dealers

June 25, 2013 - Industry News

Pricing for Used Trucks Remains in Narrow Band

Volumes for used Class 8 trucks slipped slightly in May due to the retail market slowing 4% month over month.

Tags: ACT Research, Used Truck Sales

June 24, 2013 - Industry News

Trailer Industry Orders Soft in May Against Strong April

New trailer orders of 15,660 trailers fell 30% month over month but the result was mostly due a comparison to a very strong April.

Tags: Trailers, ACT Research

June 5, 2013 - Industry News

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.

Tags: Class 8, FTR Associates, ACT Research

May 28, 2013 - Industry News

ACT Research: Trailer Industry Orders Jump in April

After suffering a weak March, net trailer orders jumped 29% month over month in April, stronger than predicted by seasonality. However, year to date, net orders lag by 10% compared to 2012.

Tags: Trailers, ACT Research

May 28, 2013 - Industry News

ACT Research: Demand Steady, But Used Class 8 Market Down 5% M/M

The used truck market was unable to book a third month of sequential improvement in April, due to a 33%+ contraction in the auction segment of the market. The retail and wholesale segments rose 2% and 19%, respectively, month over month.

Tags: ACT Research, Used Truck Sales

May 21, 2013 - Industry News

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.

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

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