ACT Research

Business, Equipment

Dealers Jumping Back Into Used Class 8 Market

Used Class 8 Freightliner A used Freightliner for sale at Hammer Truck Sales in Salisbury, N.C. The used Class 8 market is improving, according to ACT Research. (Hammer Truck Sales)

The Class 8 used truck market in August reflected the trend toward improving sales as prices remained below year-earlier levels, conditions that are expected to mark the full year, ACT Research reported.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
September 24, 2020
Business, Equipment

August Trailer Orders Trumpet Better Days, Rise 150%

Great Dane trailer A trailer body in production at a Great Dane manufacturing plant. In 2021, Great Dane said it will focus on its new smart trailer telematics system, FleetPulse, which it unveiled in 2019. (Great Dane via YouTube)

U.S. trailer orders in August topped 27,000 as they rose 150% year-over-year, ACT Research reported.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
September 17, 2020
Business, Equipment

October Trailer Orders Move Sharply Higher

Strick trailer on assembly line A Strick trailer on the assembly line at a manufacturing plant. U.S. trailers orders in October reached their highest volume since November 2018. (Strick via Facebook)

Net U.S. trailer orders in October surged to 31,786 units, reaching the highest volume since November 2018 despite an overall slowing freight market, ACT Research reported.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
November 18, 2019
Business, Equipment

April Used Class 8 Prices Climb; Dealers Wary of Slowdown

Used truck lot John Sommers II for Transport Topics

The average used Class 8 brought a sharply higher sales price in April, even as inventories appear to be building, ACT Research reported. The average price was $48,532, up 15% compared with $42,100 a year earlier.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
May 29, 2019

Used Class 8 Demand in March Remains Strong

Used truck lot A used truck lot. In March, demand was strong for used Class 8 trucks, but inventory was lacking. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

The market for used Class 8s in March continued to butt heads with a lack of inventory amid still-strong demand. Sales slipped, and prices rose.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
April 26, 2019
Business, Equipment

Class 8 Sales Rocket to Nearly 17,000 in February

Freightliner Cascadia DTNA’s Freightliner brand sold a leading 6,310 heavy-duty trucks, up 46.4% from a year earlier and good for a 37.8% market share. (Daimler Trucks North America)

U.S. retail sales of Class 8 trucks shot up 49% in February to nearly 17,000 units as all but one truck maker posted high double-digit gains.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
March 15, 2018
Business, Equipment

September Trailer Orders Improve 76% Year-Over-Year

Stoughton Trailers manufacturing plant Stoughton Trailers via YouTube

Strength in dry vans pushed U.S. trailer orders in September to near 23,000, up 76% from a year earlier, ACT Research reported.

October 13, 2017
Business, Equipment

August Class 8 Orders Top 21,000, Foreshadow Production Gains in 2018

Volvo plant Justin Ide/Bloomberg News

Class 8 Orders in August improved 49% year-over-year and pushed past 21,000, according to ACT Research Co.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
September 6, 2017

ACT For-Hire Trucking Index Jumps 20 Points

Trucks on an Indiana highway Indiana Toll Road

ACT Research Co. reported its for-hire trucking index in July rose for the seventh consecutive month to 57.1, up 20 points from a year earlier.

August 21, 2017

Demand for Class 8 Trucks Rose in June, ACT Says

Daniel Acker/Bloomberg News

June marked the second time this year and only the fourth time in 19 months that demand for Class 8 trucks rose faster than the supply, ACT Research Co. reported, citing its most recent for-hire trucking index.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
July 13, 2016