ACT Research: Significant Market Demand Decline for CVs in China in Q2’22

According to the recent release of ACT Research’s China Commercial Vehicle OUTLOOK, the Chinese commercial vehicle market has been affected by policy, market, and economic factors resulting in a substantial market demand decline for heavy trucks, tractors, medium trucks, and domestic.

"Domestic demand for heavy trucks fell nearly 74% y/y, while the tractor market shrank almost 80% y/y and domestic demand for MD trucks dropped 59%."- ACT Research Co.The pandemic and the corresponding lockdowns shook the transportation market in the second quarter. Domestic demand for heavy trucks fell nearly 74% y/y, while the tractor market shrank almost 80% y/y and domestic demand for MD trucks dropped 59%. In Q2’22, domestic demand for large and medium buses was nearly 48% lower compared to Q2’21.

Freight activity is expected to improve dramatically as COVID restrictions have lifted and consumers are able to travel and buy more goods. Policies put in place to ease logistics congestion also went into effect in Q2, facilitating the flow of goods.

Three factors influenced the HDT market this quarter: overall economic activity, the industrial sector, and government policies. Economic growth declined sharply in Q2 due to COVID mitigation measures that were in full force in April. Those measures negatively impacted freight demand and vehicle purchases.

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.

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