ACT: April CV Data Lowest in Decades, Shows Full COVID-19 Impact



Class 8 net orders at their lowest level since September 1995 and medium-duty orders at their worst in a decade, according to ACT Research’s latest State of the Industry: NA Classes 5-8 Report.

“In addition to the drop in Class 8 net orders, Class 8 production was at its lowest monthly build volume in our records, which began in 1979,” said Kenny Vieth, ACT Research’s president and senior analyst. “With so little produced in April, Class 8 inventories fell sharply month-over-month. The inventory decline was the largest sequential drop on record, and a big step in clearing a still-too-large new vehicle inventory.”

Regarding the medium-duty markets, he commented, “Compared to April’s Class 8 inactivity, the medium-duty picture was relatively restrained. That said, orders for Classes 5-7 were still down significantly, and the weakness was broad-based, with truck and RV orders falling to levels not seen since the Great Recession. School bus orders plummeted to a 31-month low.”

Additionally, the report noted that ACT Research has created an easily accessible webpage to track noteworthy high frequency macroeconomic and transportation-specific market indicators, which can be found here.

ACT’s State of the Industry: NA Classes 5-8 report provides a monthly look at the current production, sales, and general state of the on-road heavy and medium-duty commercial vehicle markets in North America. It differentiates market indicators by Class 5, Classes 6-7 chassis and Class 8 trucks and tractors, detailing measures such as backlog, build, inventory, new orders, cancellations, net orders, and retail sales.

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