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Commercial Vehicle Dealer Digest

Posted by ACT Research LLC. on Oct 31, 2019 3:33:46 PM

 

The Commercial Vehicle Dealer Digest is a monthly report that analyzes the commercial vehicle heavy-duty production and retail sales. The Commercial Vehicle Dealer Digest provides information and insights into For-Hire, Trucking Sector Trends, Publicly Traded Truckload Carriers, Intermodal trends, and more relevant information related to dealers.

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Topics: freight, freight rate, transportation, logistics, shipping, Classes 5-8, class 5-8 trucks, class 8 trucks, medium duty truck, commercial vehicle sales data, truck market, north american trucking, class 8 truck, american truck and trailer, commercial truck and trailer, transportation industry news, trucking, heavy duty truck, engine

Alternative Fuels Quarterly

Posted by ACT Research LLC. on Oct 18, 2019 2:16:46 PM

The landscape of the commercial vehicle space is constantly changing as companies are developing new and cleaner fuel options. There are continuous developments in fuel cell electric vehicles, battery electric vehicles, natural gas and continuously developing alternative fuels. To help those in the commercial vehicle space understand the dynamics of these changes, ACT Research has created the Natural Gas and Alternative Fuels Quarterly. This report covers the price of alternative fuels and natural gas, information related to alternative fuels infrastructure, equipment, retail sales, and other important happenings.

The types of business that should be interested in the ACT Natural Gas and Alternative Fuels Quarterly are those businesses that are involved in the development or adoption of alternative fuels and energy solutions.

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Topics: Natural Gas, Alternative Fuels, Classes 5-8, class 5-8 trucks, class 8 trucks, medium duty truck, truck market, north american trucking, class 8 truck, transportation industry news, trucking, heavy duty truck, engine, cng fuel, lng, cng, commercial vehicle electrification

China Commercial Vehicle Outlook

Posted by ACT Research LLC. on Oct 18, 2019 2:03:30 PM

In 2008, a partnership between ACT Research and China's State Information Center was cemented by ACT President Kenny Vieth. This relationship provides information through ACT Research to forecast commercial vehicle demand in China for the benefit of Western companies interested in the Chinese market. If you're a Western company looking for insights into the Chinese commercial vehicle market, there is not another report quite like it.

ACT's China Commercial Vehicle OUTLOOK is a quarterly report that reviews the macroeconomics of China, as well as deep dive into the transportation environment and industrial policies impact the Chinese commercial vehicle industry.

The types of business that should be interested in the ACT China Commercial Outlook are those businesses that are interested in transportation fuel/energy, the manufacture of alternative fuel for commercial vehicles, those supplying equipment or financing to companies using, considering, or developing alt fuel equipment/commodities/infrastructure as it applies to the China CV market.

With this report, you will receive:

  • Macroeconomic analysis – current data and forecasts
  • Transport environment & industrial policies
  • Analysis of current MD and HD truck markets
  • Vehicle forecasts (by quarter for the current year and five-year annual forecast)
  • Competitive landscape

Additionally, a monthly flash is available the last week of each month (except months when full report is published) and includes wholesale data by:

  • OEM and type
  • market share %
  • fuel and type
  • tonnage or length
  • monthly bulk commodity information
  • a usage explanation sheet
  • 40+ PowerPoint graphs

Other businesses are using this report to inform them of business cycle timing, planning and budgeting. Employment, procurement, and financial modeling.

A few complimentary reports to the China Commercial Vehicle OUTLOOK, we also recommend that people consider:

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Topics: freight, freight rate, transportation, logistics, shipping, Classes 5-8, class 5-8 trucks, class 8 trucks, medium duty truck, commercial vehicle sales data, truck market, north american trucking, class 8 truck, american truck and trailer, commercial truck and trailer, transportation industry news, trucking, heavy duty truck

ACT Research: Leading Indicators Point to Downturn as Retail Truck Sales Surge; Worst Scenarios for HD Vehicle Demand Remain Unlikely

Posted by Jennifer McNealy on Oct 17, 2019 4:35:57 PM

According to ACT Research’s (ACT) latest State of the Industry: Classes 5-8 Report, the “less negative” freight data reported early in Q3 has softened further since the September 1st tariff impositions.

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Topics: transportation, Press Releases, class 5-8 trucks, class 8 trucks, truck market, north american trucking, class 8 truck, transportation industry news, trucking, HeavyDuty, semitruck, heavy duty truck

N.A. On-Highway Commercial Engine Outlook

Posted by ACT Research LLC. on Oct 17, 2019 3:59:42 PM

"Details create the big picture." - Sanford I. Weill

The details can be found in ACT's N.A. On-Highway Commercial Engine Outlook, a partnership report with Rhein Associates, breaking down the various engine aspects (displacement, fuel type, truck class, etc.). This report is meant to aid those in the powertrain space of the commercial vehicle markets, allowing a better understanding the competitive dynamics and shifting trends of the market through the level of detail within the report. 

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Topics: freight, freight rate, transportation, logistics, shipping, Classes 5-8, class 5-8 trucks, class 8 trucks, medium duty truck, commercial vehicle sales data, truck market, north american trucking, class 8 truck, american truck and trailer, commercial truck and trailer, transportation industry news, trucking, heavy duty truck, engine

ACT Research: Key Risk to N.A. CV Market Forecasts Is Trade War with China; Key Driver of Growth Is US Consumer

Posted by Jennifer McNealy on Oct 14, 2019 2:00:00 PM

According to ACT Research’s (ACT) latest release of the North American Commercial Vehicle OUTLOOK, the key risk to all vehicle market forecasts, and the US economy broadly, remains the trade war with China. With US manufacturers and farmers struggling to compete on the tilted global playing field, the key driver of growth into the mid-term outlook is the US consumer, who remains well positioned to keep the economy out of the ditch.

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Topics: freight, transportation, logistics, shipping, Trailers, Economy, Press Releases, class 5-8 trucks, class 8 trucks, supply chain, medium duty truck, north american trucking, transportation industry news, trucking, HeavyDuty, Economics, heavy duty truck, GDP

ACT Research: Heavy Duty Market Up-Cycle Running Out of Steam

Posted by Jennifer McNealy on Oct 11, 2019 3:36:29 PM

Since early 2018, ACT Research’s forecasts have called for the up-cycle in the Class 8 market to run out of steam around the third quarter of 2019, according to ACT’s latest release of the North American Commercial Vehicle OUTLOOK.

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Topics: freight, transportation, logistics, shipping, Trailers, Economy, Press Releases, class 5-8 trucks, class 8 trucks, supply chain, medium duty truck, transportation industry news, trucking, HeavyDuty, Economics, semitruck, heavy duty truck, GDP

North America Classes 5-7 Bus Markets

Posted by ACT Research LLC. on Oct 11, 2019 2:23:48 PM

Looking to get a better understanding and distinction between chassis types? ACT's N.A Bus Market Classes 5-7 report is a breakdown of bus market and covers information relative to net orders, backlogs, cancellation rates, year-over-year changes, and other vital market information. The report also disaggregates the North American bus market indicator data based on various types of buses. This report in conjunction the N.A. Classes 5-8 report will help to distinguish truck vs. bus production.

The types of business that should be interested in the ACT State of the Industry N.A. Classes 5-7 Bus Market report include commercial bus manufacturers and suppliers, as well as those investing in the OEMs and the supply chain or companies involved in the movement/logistics of passenger transportation. Municipal and commercial bus lenders and operators are among the customers who benefit from this report.

With this report, you will receive bus market statistics for North America (US, Canada, Export, and Mexico) including details on net orders, build, cancellation, BL/BU ratio, retail sales, and IN/RS ratio as well as:

  • Monthly market indicators for Class 5 and Classes 6-7 bus: backlog, build, inventory, new orders, cancellations, net orders retail sales.
  • Class 5 and Classes 6-7 monthly bus market indicators are further refined based on the type of buses: School Bus, Shuttle/Commercial, and Urban/Other.
  • In addition to a consolidated North American view, the market indicator data are also disaggregated at the U.S. and combined Canada, Mexico, and Export market level.
  • Password protected website access to the current report, historical data (1996 to current), and PowerPoint graph pack.
  • Published about two weeks after the end of the month.
     

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, municipal and commercial bus lenders and operators to make operational decisions impacting portfolio and fleet size.

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Topics: freight, freight rate, transportation, logistics, shipping, Classes 5-8, class 5-8 trucks, class 8 trucks, medium duty truck, commercial vehicle sales data, truck market, north american trucking, class 8 truck, american truck and trailer, commercial truck and trailer, transportation industry news, trucking, heavy duty truck

Transportation Digest

Posted by ACT Research LLC. on Oct 11, 2019 2:17:07 PM

Understanding the current commercial vehicle market is pertinent for so many businesses, but not everyone has the time to read a lengthy report on the state of the markets. Commercial vehicle and transportation business leaders need information for sales projections, budgeting and additional reasons. That is why ACT Research developed the Transportation Digest, a monthly high-level overview of transportation trends, equipment markets, and the economy as a whole. This report includes information relative to for-hire, trucking, intermodal, and various truck class trends. Designed with busy executives and business owners in mind, the Transportation Digest covers all the major industry news and trends, including a market outlook, all in the convenience of a quick, easy to read report.

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Topics: transportation, logistics, shipping, Classes 5-8, class 5-8 trucks, class 8 trucks, commercial truck report, medium duty truck, commercial vehicle sales data, truck market, north american trucking, american truck and trailer, commercial truck and trailer, trucking, heavy duty truck

ACT Research: Used Truck Prices Fell 1% Y/Y and Sales Dropped 19%

Posted by Jennifer McNealy on Sep 26, 2019 2:00:00 PM

The average price of total used Class 8 trucks in August dipped 1% y/y, the first such decline since January 2018. Month-over-month, prices fell 3%, but longer-term, remained 7% higher year-to-date. Same-dealer sales rose 9% in August compared to July, but contracted 19% versus the first eight months of 2018, according to the latest release of the State of the Industry: U.S. Classes 3-8 Used Trucks, published by ACT Research. The report also indicated used Class 8 average miles increased slightly month-over-month, up 2%, and were down 1% year-to-date, while average age rose 1% compared to July and 4% on a year-to-date basis.

The report from ACT provides data on the average selling price, miles, and age based on a sample of industry trucking data. In addition, the report provides the average selling price for top-selling Class 8 truck models for each of the major truck OEMs – Freightliner (Daimler); Kenworth and Peterbilt (Paccar); International (Navistar); and Volvo and Mack (Volvo). This report is utilized by those throughout the industry, including commercial vehicle dealers, to gain a better understanding of the used truck market, especially as it relates to changes in near-term performance.

“Dealers are reporting that used truck sales are not in the tank, but the prices for trucks have fallen and inventories are growing,” said Steve Tam, Vice President at ACT Research. He continued, “This is not unexpected, as sales of new trucks have been barreling along, leading to many trade trucks coming to dealers.” Tam concluded, “With lower truck values and growing inventories, many dealers have become much more conservative about what they will pay for trade-ins, while the rapid decrease in used truck values has caught some customers by surprise, as customers became used to receiving more for trucks in the last two years than what is normal.”

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 www.actresearch.net.

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Topics: transportation, Used Trucks, class 5-8 trucks, class 8 trucks, commercial truck report

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