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North America Classes 5-8 Vehicles Report and Database

Posted by ACT Research LLC. on Sep 6, 2019 4:51:41 PM

_I would recommend ACT Research to anyone that’s looking for in-depth insight into what’s happening in the commercial vehicle markets. The expertise and knowledge that goes into the service they provide, there’s not  (1)Understanding the current commercial vehicle market is pertinent for so many businesses. For sales projections and budgeting and many more reasons, understanding the current state of the industry is why ACT Research developed it's State of the Industry series, particularly the N.A. Classes 5-8 report.

The foundation of this report is the monthly data provided to ACT Research by the OEMs. This direct access to the manufacturers is critical to the report's success and insights into the current market. ACT releases both preliminary and finalized numbers based on the OEMs data as well as a complete report on the state of the industry.

This report is complete with:

  • Monthly market indicators for Class 5 and Classes 6-7 chassis and Class 8 trucks and tractors: backlog, build, inventory, new orders, cancellations, net orders, and retail sales.
  • Class 5 and Classes 6-7 segmented by trucks, buses, RVs, and step vans, Class 8 segmented by tractors with and without sleepers and trucks with and without sleepers.
  • Executive Summary
  • Rolling six-month industry build plan
  • Backlog timing analysis
  • Historical data (1996 to current)
  • PowerPoint graph pack
  • Preliminary net orders for the previous month published

Coverage of the bus, RV market is critical for full market understanding. Not all production is trucks, thus this coverage allows for a better, more clearly define scope of the market.

One of the most important aspects of this report is the accompanying database. Historical data is available in Excel documents dating from 1996 to the present. With the monthly data provided by the OEMs, this report offers a rich data history that aids in model building, market intelligence for various companies. With a subscription comes access to various support materials via an online report dashboard at including:

  1. PDFs of:
    1. Current & YTD Flash
    2. Summary Observations of previous two reports
    3. Current report
  2. Tables including:
    1. Classes 5-8 Seasonally Adjusted
    2. Classes 5-8 Total
    3. Build & Sales Days per Month
    4. Season Factors
  3. Graph pack complete with 115+ graphs covering:
    1. Total Class 5
    2. Total Classes 6-7
    3. Total Classes 5-7
    4. Total Class 8
    5. Backlog Analysis
    6. Fuel Analysis
    7. Classes 6-7 Trucks, Bus, RV
    8. Class 8 Tractor/ Straight Truck w/ Sleeper, Day Cab
  4. Glossary of Terms and Definitions, FAQs

The types of business that benefit from ACT's State of the Industry N.A. Classes 5-8 Vehicles report include commercial vehicle manufacturers and suppliers, as well:

  • Investors in the OEMs
  • Supply chain or companies involved in the movement/logistics of freight
  • Commercial vehicle lenders
  • Lease/rental companies

Manufacturers use this information and analysis for short-term planning and forecasting, market understanding and awareness, and informing management of the current health of the industry. Investors use this product to create models, assess risk, and support their research. In addition to the market overview this report provides, commercial vehicle lenders and lease/rental companies use the analysis to make operational decisions impacting portfolio and fleet size.

This report is a great compliment to ACT'S N.A. CV Outlook report as it gives the monthly, tactical data to support the Outlook. Additional complimentary reports include:

Need more information about how ACT Research utilizes data and views the market? CLICK HERE to watch the presentation by ACT's President & Senior Analyst, Kenny Vieth, at ACT's Outlook Seminar 61 from August, 2019. Click HERE to request a sample State of the Industry: Classes 5-8 Vehicles report.


ACT’s 63rd Outlook Seminar is scheduled for August 11-13, 2020, and will feature truck dealer, emerging technology, and economic panels, as well as discussions on near-term demand of North American commercial vehicle markets and the pending impact of electrification on the market in the near future. Click here for seminar information.

ACT Research hosts a series of one-hour webinars focused on the commercial vehicle industry. The first 45 minutes are devoted to a review of the commercial vehicle (CV) industry with emphasis on the economy, trucking trends, and industry statistics that provide insight on the direction of CV production and sales. Short-term forecasts are presented and explained. The remaining 15 minutes of the teleconference are devoted to questions and discussions with participants. All conferences begin at 11:00 a.m. Eastern. Click Here to register for our next Webinar.

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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