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May 2, 2014 - Industry News

April Classes 5-8 Preliminary Orders 10th Best Month in 8 Years

April North America Classes 5-7 net orders are expected at 17,800 units and Class 8 net orders are expected at 24,400 units, when actual data are released mid-month.

Tags: Class 8, ACT Research

April 28, 2014 - Industry News

Used Truck Sales Rise, Prices Fall; New Trailer Orders Ease Slightly

UPDATED -- The volume of used Class 8 trucks sold in March rose 8% above February’s volume, according to the latest release of the State of the Industry: U.S. Classes 3-8 Used Trucks, published by ACT Research.

Tags: Equipment, Trailers, ACT Research, Used Truck Sales, Used Trucks

April 4, 2014 - Industry News

Orders for Heavy, Medium-Duty Trucks Post March Gains

Preliminary numbers from two industry data analysts show the number of heavy and medium-duty truck orders in March were solid.

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

March 28, 2014 - Industry News

Class 8 Truck Prices Rise Again in February

The average selling price for Class 8 trucks reached just over $44,400 in February, rising for a second consecutive month and setting a high-water mark, according to ACT Research.

Tags: Class 8, Used Vehicle Sales, ACT Research

March 21, 2014 - Industry News

ACT Research: February Brings Strong Trailer Orders

ACT Research says large fleet commitments helped make for a continuing strong trailer order season, with its report on February order activity.

Tags: Trailers, ACT Research

March 20, 2014 - Industry News

February New Truck Orders Strong

New orders for Class 8 trucks in February increased 30% from the same time a year earlier while Classes 5-7 gained 18%, according to updated numbers from commercial vehicle industry data publisher ACT Research.

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

March 5, 2014 - Industry News

Solid February Class 8 Order Activity Reported

ACT Research and FTR have released preliminary expected Class 8 orders that are solid for the month of February.

Tags: Class 8, ACT Research, FTR

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 27, 2013 - Industry News

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.

Tags: Trailers, 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 26, 2013 - Industry News

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.

Tags: ACT Research, Used Truck Sales

November 22, 2013 - Industry News

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.

Tags: Trailers, ACT Research

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

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