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US Trailer Industry Increases Build Rate in February, Demand Could Be Softening

According to ACT Research, the backlog-to-build ratio contracted to 8.5 months in February after closing January at 9.9 months, reflecting a higher build rate. For context, the average since Q3/21 has been in the eight-month neighborhood. read more

For-Hire Trucking Capacity Growth Rate on Path to Recovery

According to the latest release of ACT Research’s For-Hire Trucking Index, freight volumes and rates declined in February but rate trends should begin to recover once traction on freight volumes is established. read more

Chinese Truck Market Demand Reverses Downward Trajectory in Q4/22

According to ACT Research, Chinese commercial vehicle demand presented a mixed bag of results into the end of 2022, with demand for heavy trucks, medium trucks and tractors started the process of reversing its downward trajectory as the Chinese economy reopened. read more

Truckload Spot Market Decreases

According to ACT Research’s recent release of its Freight Forecast, U.S. Rate and Volume Outlook report, the truckload spot market is bottoming as labor capacity slows. read more

Preliminary Net Trailer Orders Indicate Strong Demand Continues

According to ACT Research, February’s preliminary net trailer orders increased sequentially but were lower against longer-term comparisons, with 25,800 units (25,600 seasonally adjusted) projected to have been booked during the month. read more

Class 8 Used Truck Retail Sales Increases 2% Month to Month in February

According to data from ACT Research, preliminary Class 8 same dealer used truck retail sales volume managed a small gain, rising 2% month to month in February. read more

ACT Research Focuses on Decarbonization at Latest Seminar

ACT Research’s 68th seminar, Driving Decarbonization: The Future of Commercial Vehicles, welcomed transportation industry professionals like Brent Yeagy, president and CEO of Wabash, to continue the discussion on decarbonization and how it is reshaping the industry. read more

Class 8 Truck Orders at 23.6K Units in February, Up 13% Y/Y

According to ACT Research, preliminary North American Class 8 net orders in February were 23,600 units, up 13% year over year and 27% month to month, while Classes 5-7 net orders were 17,500 units. read more

Used Class 8 Truck Sales Increased 12% Month to Month in January

According to ACT Research, used Class 8 retail volumes (same dealer sales) increased 12% month to month in January. Average mileage increased 8% month to month, with average price down 7% and age up 1%. read more

Trailer Makers Expect Demand to Exceed Capacity Through 2023

According to ACT Research, supply chain concerns still linger, with some manufacturers sharing that they see no short-term improvement in sight. Most trailer makers expect demand to continue exceeding capacity through the end of 2023. read more

Class 8 Truck Sales in January ‘Relatively Weak’

According to ACT Research’s latest State of the Industry: NA Classes 5-8 report, January heavy-duty orders were relatively weak, but it remains to be seen whether this represented a pause after robust year-end orders, or the beginning of a more broad-based pullback in demand. read more

US Trailer Industry Committed Through Most of 2023

According to the recent issue of ACT Research, January’s backlog-to-build ratio (BL/BU) increased to 9.9 months after averaging roughly eight months since August of 2021, reflecting a lower build rate. read more

January Used Truck Retail Volumes Jump 24% M/M

According to the latest preliminary release of the State of the Industry: U.S. Classes 3-8 Used Trucks report published by ACT Research, January used Class 8 retail volumes (same dealer sales) increased 24% month over month and were 2% higher compared to January of 2022. read more

Net Trailer Orders Experience Dip in January as Demand Remains Strong

According to preliminary data from ACT Research, net trailer orders dipped in January to 24,200 units (22,000 when seasonally adjusted). Final January results will be available later this month, but the preliminary market estimate should be within 5% of the final order tally. read more

Healthy Sales and Build Trends for Class 8 CVs on the Rise in 2023

According to ACT Research’s latest release of the North American Commercial Vehicle Outlook report, pent-up vehicle demand and still elevated carrier profits in early 2023 are continuing to provide a supportive environment for new equipment. read more

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