The Value of Multiple Metrics in the Class 8 Tractor Dashboard.

ACT’s North America Commercial Vehicle OUTLOOK is the premier report of its kind. Since 1986, ACT Research has been working directly with OEMs as they discreetly share their data and information, allowing ACT Research to have an unprecedented level of understanding of the commercial vehicle market. Couple this data with our award-winning economist, robust databases, and years of industry experience and you get a best-in-class outlook for the industry. The N.A. CV OUTLOOK is a robust report that forecasts the future of the commercial vehicle industry, looking at the next 1-5 years, with the objective of giving OEMs, Tier 1 and Tier 2 suppliers, fleets, carriers, dealers, and the investment community the information they need for planning in a deeply cyclical industry. The report provides a complete overview of North American commercial vehicle and transportation markets, taking a deep dive into relevant demand drivers, pivoting on current market activity (from orders and backlogs to production and commercial truck sales), before arriving at unit forecasts for different vehicle classes (Classes 5-8) The information included in this report covers medium (Classes 5-7) and heavy-duty (Class 8) trucks and tractors, trailers, the macroeconomics of the US, Canada, and Mexico, information on carrier profitability trends, freight and intermodal considerations, and regulatory environment impacts. Within the N.A. Commercial Vehicle OUTLOOK, we provide a proprietary Class 8 Tractor Dashboard, a grouping of 15 metrics into a leading indicator of orders and production of the Class 8 market. In the video below, ACT's President and Senior Analyst, Kenny Vieth, along with Ann Rundle, Vice President of Electrification and Autonomy, review the reasoning for utilizing these 15 metrics.


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