How ACT's Class 8 Tractor Dashboard Predicts Orders & Production Lead Time.

ACT's Class 8 Tractor Dashboard, a proprietary tool designed by the team at ACT, provides a 4-month lead time on orders, giving subscribers to our N.A. Commercial Vehicle OUTLOOK a 3 quarter sneak peek into the future of production. How might this increased visibility impact your business?

In the interview, Kenny Vieth, ACT's President and Senior Analyst states, "Orders typically lead production by 3 to 6 months. So, this is you a 3 quarter sneak peak into the future of where production is going to be." 


The Class 8 Tractor Dashboard is broken into three categories, and include five metrics per category.

Macro & Financial

  • ISM Mfg PMI Index
  • Non-Auto Durables Mfg Output
  • Residential Const Expend
  • Dow Jones Trucking Stock Index


  • Cass Freight Shipment
  • DAT Loads/Truck
  • DAT Aggregate Contract/Spot Spread
  • DAT Dry Van Spot Rate
  • ATA TL Loads/US Cl8Tractor Pop Growth Gap

ACT Data

  • Class 8 Cancellations
  • Class 8 I/S Ration (SA)
  • Class 8 Inventory Level (000 SA)
  • Class 8 Net Orders to Build (6mma, SA)
  • ACT For Hire - Volume less Capacity

Combined, these metrics provide a great insight into the Class 8 market and support the additional analysis and forecast of the North America Commercial Vehicle OUTLOOK. 

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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