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COVID-19 ‘Undermines Expectations’ for North American Commercial Vehicle Markets

The global spread of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, required ACT Research to do a foundational reassessment of near-term economic expectations, and by extension, North American commercial vehicle demand. read more

ACT Reports Regulations Impacting U.S. Commercial Vehicle Market

ACT Research reported that the new low NOx Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking will impact the U.S. commercial vehicle market, citing past regulatory examples. read more

ACT Reports Excessive Capacity Challenges in Heavy Truck Market

Key truck transportation metrics continue to give mixed signals in early 2020, according to ACT’s Transportation Digest. read more

Class 8 Orders Down 18% M/M, 16% Y/Y

February’s preliminary NA Class 8 net orders for commercial vehicles were down 18% from January and 16% lower than an easy year-ago comparison. read more

ACT For-Hire Trucking Index Rates Slip While Volumes Improve

The latest release of ACT’s For-Hire Trucking Index showed a sustained uptick in for-hire freight volumes and utilization. But amid ongoing overcapacity, the Freight Rates Index slid further in January. read more

Used Truck Sales Open 2020 Up 4%M/M, Down Slightly Y/Y

Used Class 8 same dealer sales volumes improved 4% month-over-month in January, but longer-term sales were down 1% year-over-year. read more

U.S. Trailer Production Facing Lower Demand and Supply Chain Disruptions

According to this quarter’s issue of ACT Research’s Trailer Components Report, the U.S. trailer industry is facing lower demand and supply chain disruptions that could lead to a catch-22. read more

ACT: Used Class 8 Volumes Grew, Prices Fell M/M

Preliminary used Class 8 volumes (same dealer sales) increased 6% month-over-month in January, but longer-term, volumes dropped 4% year over year, according to ACT Research. read more

U.S. Trailer Net Orders Opened 2020 Down 15% Sequentially and 28% Y/Y

New U.S. trailer orders of 16,800 were down 9% month-over-month in January, and net orders of 15,000 dropped 15%. Longer-term comparisons show net orders down 28% year-over-year, according to ACT Research. read more

ACT Research: Class 8 Production Outpaced Weak Sales in January

Class 8 inventories rose 3,400 units month over month in January, as production outpaced expectedly weak sales, according to ACT Research. read more

With Freight-Generating Sectors on the Mend, ACT Predicts 5-Year Expansion

With solid consumer fundamentals, no obvious imbalances, and a manufacturing downturn in the rearview mirror, it is harder to see a recession now than it was six months ago. read more

ACT Research: Medium Duty Orders Show Resilience

After softness in late Q3/19 and early Q4/19, medium duty orders have shown resilience the past two months, according to ACT Research. read more

ACT: January Preliminary Class 8 Orders Down 12% M/M, Up 10% Y/Y

Preliminary NA Class 8 net orders in January were 17,700 units, down 12% from December 2019, but up 10% from last January, according to ACT Research. read more

Class 8 Natural Gas Truck Retail Sales Rose 20% YTD 2019 through November

U.S. and Canadian Class 8 Natural Gas truck retail sales for the first 11 months of 2019 gained 20% year-to-date over 2018, according to ACT Research. Full-year 2018 was down 15%, while 2017 was up 13%. read more

ACT: Freight-Generating Sectors of Economy Starting to Mend

ACT Research reported that freight-generating sectors of the U.S. economy are on the cusp of transitioning from contraction to growth, aligning with freight cycles of the past, which typically last around two years. read more

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