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ACT Research Co. (ACT)

  • Trade war biggest threat to commercial vehicle market: ACT

    October 15, 2019 9:23AM by Truck News

    COLUMBUS, Ind. – A trade war with China remains the key risk to the North American commercial vehicle outlook and the overall economy, according to a new report from ACT Research. But consumer spending remains strong and could keep the

  • Spot market pressures to persist: ACT

    October 10, 2019 1:09PM by Truck News

    COLUMBUS, Ind. – Spot market pressure is expected to persist, as more trucking capacity comes online, according to ACT Research’s Freight Forecast. The industry forecaster said it expects excess capacity to exert more downward pressure on truckload spot rates. “The

  • Class 8 orders up, medium-duty down in September

    October 3, 2019 7:39AM by Truck News

    COLUMBUS, Ind. – Preliminary Class 8 truck orders totaled 12,600 units in September, a 13% increase from August. Classes 5-7 orders were down 9.4% at 17,300 units, according to ACT Research. “Little has changed since August with respect to the

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    Class 8 truck market to see ‘significant correction’: ACT

    October 1, 2019 7:55AM by Truck News

    COLUMBUS, Ind. – The Class 8 truck market is moving into a significant correction next year, according to ACT Research. The medium-duty truck market remained soft in July, indicating it has moved past its cyclical peak, according to ACT’s recently

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    Class 8 truck market ‘at a turning point’: FTR

    September 5, 2019 11:07AM by Truck News

    Class 8 truck orders in Auust were 80% lower than a year ago, but up 4% from July, according to preliminary data from FTR. Orders totaled 10,400 units, and have been averaging 11,000 per month since May. FTR says OEMs

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    Smaller displacement engines, gasoline increasing in popularity

    August 29, 2019 9:13AM by Truck News

    COLUMBUS, Ind. – A new report from ACT Research and Rhein Associates indicates lower-displacement engines in Class 8 trucks and gasoline engines in medium-duty trucks are gaining favor. The report, N.A. Commercial Vehicle On-Highway Engine Outlook, indicated engines over 10

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    No rush for 2020 trailer build slots: ACT

    August 28, 2019 8:32AM by Truck News

    COLUMBUS, Ind. – Trailer manufacturers have opened their 2020 orderboards, but fleets are reticent to invest in new equipment. That’s according to the latest State of the Industry: U.S. Trailer report from ACT Research. It reported final trailer orders of

  • Heavy-duty vehicle market on edge of precipice: ACT Research

    August 16, 2019 1:10PM by Truck News

    COLUMBUS, Ind. – The heavy-duty vehicle markets are at the edge of a precipice, according to ACT Research’s latest North American Commercial Vehicle Outlook. “Since the start of this demand up-cycle in late 2017, we have targeted this year’s third

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    July Class 8 orders lowest since 2010

    August 6, 2019 3:46PM by Truck News

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Preliminary orders for Class 8 trucks in North America fell below 10,000 units in July, for the first time since 2010. FTR reported orders of 9,800 units, noting carriers appear to be in no rush to grab

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    Natural gas truck sales rebounding

    July 30, 2019 7:36AM by Truck News

    COLUMBUS, Ind. – Natural gas-fueled Class 8 truck sales in the U.S. and Canada were up 43% year-to-date through May, according to ACT Research. Its Alternative Fuels Quarterly report also revealed natural gas truck sales were up 10% in May

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    “Significant correction” coming for Class 8 market: ACT

    July 29, 2019 7:18AM by Truck News

    COLUMBUS, Ind. – The Class 8 truck market is on the cusp of a significant correction, according to the latest Transportation Digest from ACT Research. The report also suggests the U.S. economy will decelerate from the 2018 tax cut-boosted growth

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    Class 8 market showing signs of cooling: ACT

    June 24, 2019 7:49AM by Truck News

    COLUMBUS, Ind. – Class 8 retail sales and build are at near record high levels, but there’s evidence that shows a change in direction is mounting. That’s according to ACT Research’s Transportation Digest. “The key message that has dominated our

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    Trailer order cancellations on the rise

    June 3, 2019 8:02AM by Truck News

    COLUMBUS, Ind. – Trailer orders are down 37% year to date through April, but fleets are still willing to place orders, ACT Research reports. “Year-to-date net orders through April were just over 80,000 units, down 37% from last year, but

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    Trailer demand softening

    May 21, 2019 7:58AM by Truck News

    COLUMBUS, Ind. – April trailer orders totaled 14,500 units, according to preliminary data from ACT Research, which reflected soft demand for the second straight month. “Order volume was soft in April for the second straight month. Several factors appear to

  • Likelihood of freight recession increasing: ACT

    May 10, 2019 9:23AM by Truck News

    COLUMBUS, Ind. – The risk of a freight recession is rising, according to the latest ACT Freight Forecast from ACT Research. “Freight remains soft, as expected, and while we see reasons for recovery in the second half of 2019, escalating