ACT Research: China’s CV HD Truck and Tractor Markets Report Sales Declines in Q2’21, While Sales of MD Trucks and Buses Increased

According to the recent release of ACT Research’s China Commercial Vehicle OUTLOOK, market factors, rather than economic or policy factors, drove the Q2’21 decline in sales of heavy commercial vehicles in China.

Used 9.23.21 (1)Sales of heavy-duty commercial trucks and tractors in China saw a slight drop during 2021’s second quarter, compared to strong year-ago sales in Q2’20. Additionally, with too many trucks chasing available freight, there was little improvement in freight rates, which restrained vehicle purchase demand. On the other hand, sales might have been worse, were it not for strong overall economic momentum, good performance from export markets, and emissions upgrade policies that were responsible for generating prebuy demand.

The Chinese commercial vehicle market has been reacting to the domestic and global surges of COVID, long-term pressures of market restructuring and new emissions regulations. The implementation of the NS VI emissions mandate on July 1 caused a significant first-half prebuy. ACT Research expects an offsetting reduction in the second half of 2021.

The China CV OUTLOOK, jointly published quarterly by ACT and China’s State Information Center (SIC), includes a review and forecast of China’s heavy tractor and heavy and medium duty truck and bus markets, as well as analysis of OEM market shares within China and an overview of the Chinese macroeconomy. This quarterly report also includes access to monthly by-OEM wholesale data, alternative fuels market shares by CV application, market share percentages, industrial policy impacts, and an overview of the competitive landscape.

SIC is affiliated with the National Development and Reform Commission of China and is engaged in research on the macro-economy, key industries and information technology.

ACT Research is recognized as the leading publisher of commercial vehicle truck, trailer, and bus industry data, market analysis and forecasts for the North America and China markets. ACT’s analytical services are used by all major North American truck and trailer manufacturers and their suppliers, as well as banking and investment companies. ACT Research is a contributor to the Blue Chip Economic Indicators and a member of the Wall Street Journal Economic Forecast Panel. ACT Research executives have received peer recognition, including election to the Board of Directors of the National Association for Business Economics, appointment as Consulting Economist to the National Private Truck Council, and the Lawrence R. Klein Award for Blue Chip Economic Indicators’ Most Accurate Economic Forecast over a four-year period. ACT Research senior staff members have earned accolades including Chicago Federal Reserve Automotive Outlook Symposium Best Overall Forecast, Wall Street Journal Top Economic Outlook, and USA Today Top 10 Economic Forecasters. More information can be found at

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