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    Natural gas-fueled truck sales rise

    January 26, 2018 12:45PM by Truck News

    COLUMBUS, Ind. – Demand for natural gas-fueled trucks in the U.S. and Canada rose 9% year-to-date through November, according to the most recent data from ACT Research. “Despite the uncertainty spurred by the current climate of changing environmental winds and

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    Strong Class 8 orders adding to backlogs

    December 20, 2017 7:43AM by Truck News

    COLUMBUS, Ind. – Strong Class 8 order activity in November is boosting backlogs. ACT Research reports Class 8 truck build backlogs grew by 10,100 units to 115,200 units in November. “Coupled with a modestly slower per-day build rate in November,

  • Truckers have “upper hand” in rate negotiations: ACT

    December 18, 2017 7:44AM by Truck News

    COLUBMUS, Ind. – ACT Research has indicated its For-Hire Trucking Index rose faster than capacity for the 11th straight month, and the expectation is that contract rates for truckers will continue to improve. “The wide spread between freight and capacity

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    Truck orders strong in November

    December 5, 2017 8:13AM by Truck News

    Preliminary North American Class 8 truck orders surpassed 30,000 units for the second consecutive month in November, reaching levels 71% better than a year ago. FTR reported preliminary orders of 32,400 units, just 8% shy of a very strong October.

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    Canadian truck market “red hot”: ACT Research

    November 20, 2017 1:08PM by Truck News

    COLUMBUS, Ind. – October Class 8 vehicle orders hit a 35-month high of 36,033 units, according to ACT Research, as U.S. fleets stepped up their orders and the Canadian market remained “red hot.” The strong orders boosted backlogs by nearly

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    Class 8 orders surged in October

    November 6, 2017 7:18AM by Truck News

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Preliminary North American Class 8 net orders reached 35,700 units in October, marking a 62% month-over-month increase, according to FTR. That’s a 167% increase from October 2016. “Class 8 orders surged in October. The market seems well

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    Natural gas truck sales flat

    October 25, 2017 7:56PM by Truck News

    COLUMBUS, Ind. – U.S. and Canadian natural gas Class 8 truck retail sales were flat year-to-date through August, according to ACT Research. “Despite the uncertainty of environmental change on the horizon, and continuing low oil prices, the future of alternative

  • September productivity highest since March 2011

    October 12, 2017 11:31AM by Truck News

    COLUMBUS, Ind. – ACT’s For-Hire Trucking Index indicates that September’s productivity reading advanced at the highest level since March 2011. “Seasonally adjusted, the productivity reading of 63 was up from 61.6 in August and the 57.3 year-to-date average,” said Tim

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    Truck orders strong in September: ACT Research

    October 5, 2017 9:01AM by Truck News

    COLUMBUS, Ind. – Preliminary North American heavy- and medium-duty truck orders hit a three-month high in September, up 27% year-over-year, according to ACT Research. When seasonally adjusted, Septembers orders hit a 27-month high, ACT reported. “Preliminary MD and HD net

  • U.S. trailer builds up 14% in August

    September 25, 2017 4:58PM by Truck West

    COLUMBUS, Ind. – August trailer builds were up 14% sequentially and 9% year-over-year, a month that ties March for the longest trailer OEM work schedule of the year. With three extra days compared to July, August capitalized on the additional

  • Electric vehicle market heating up: ACT

    September 19, 2017 8:47AM by Truck News

    COLUMBUS, Ind. – Electrification is quickly becoming a hot topic in the trucking industry, with electric-powered trucks garnering more attention from suppliers. That’s according to the latest N.A. On-highway Commercial Vehicle Engine Outlook, published by ACT Research. The report looks

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    Trailer orders remained strong in July: ACT

    August 16, 2017 7:04AM by Truck News

    COLUMBUS, Ind. – Trailer orders totaled 14,450 units in July, up 43% year-over-year, but 20% off June’s strong pace, according to preliminary data from ACT Research. “We saw continued strong year-over-year net order performance last month. As has been the

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    Trailer production rises in June

    July 25, 2017 11:14AM by Truck News

    COLUMBUS, Ind. – Trailer production surpassed 27,000 units in June, marking a 6% increase over May and a 5% gain year-over-year. ACT Research says the strong production volumes were in part to one of the longer work schedules of the

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    Trailer orders exceeding expectations: ACT Research

    July 18, 2017 6:36AM by Truck News

    COLUMBUS, Ind. – June net trailer orders totaled 20,375 units, up more than 50% year-over-year and 14% better than May, according to preliminary figures from ACT Research. “Net orders have now grown y-o-y for the last seven consecutive months. Orders

  • U.S. trucking volumes improving: ACT Research

    July 17, 2017 1:50PM by Truck News

    COLUMBUS, Ind. – Trucking volumes in the U.S. hit their highest levels since March 2014, according to the latest ACT For-Hire Trucking Index. June marked the sixth consecutive month of increases, reaching a reading of 72, which is nearly 20