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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

May 3, 2013 - Industry News

April Truck Orders Up Year Over Year

Class 8 truck orders for April are expected to come in between about 23,000 and 23,300, which is higher than last year and marks the fifth month in a row orders have been above 20,000, according to two leading trucking number-crunchers.

Tags: Truck Sales, FTR Associates, ACT Research

April 26, 2013 - Industry News

ACT Research: Used Truck Volumes Up Second Consecutive Month

The used truck market enjoyed a second consecutive month of improved volumes in March as the auction market roared back to life in March, growing 126% giving the overall market a 4% boost month over month.

Tags: Auction, ACT Research, Used Truck, Dealers

April 22, 2013 - Industry News

ACT: Falling Class 8 Cancellations Precursor to Stronger Demand

Class 8 orders rose above 20,000 units for a sixth consecutive month in March, but fell sequentially for the first time since November, says ACT Research. However, cancellations fell to their lowest levels since Q3’10 for the second time in the past three months.

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

April 4, 2013 - Industry News

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.

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

March 26, 2013 - Industry News

Heavy-Truck Orders Move Higher, Used Truck Market Stabilizes, Caution Over Trailers

Three separate new reports paint a picture of healthy new heavy truck sales and an improving used-truck market, but a market for trailers that is still relatively weak.

Tags: Trailers, Truck Sales, ACT Research

March 5, 2013 - Industry News

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.

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

February 25, 2013 - Industry News

ACT Research: Trailer Orders Decline in January

The decline in January tractor-trailer orders continued the monthly saw-tooth order pattern that started in October. Despite that month-over-month decline, orders were still strong enough to generate a small gain in January backlog.

Tags: Trailers, ACT Research

January 28, 2013 - Industry News

Used Truck Sales Volumes Show Mixed Results for the Year

The wholesale used market was the only segment to grow from 2011 to 2012, up 3%. The auction and retail markets both fell 11%.

Tags: Economy, ACT Research, Used Trucks

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