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ACT Research: Class 8 orders soft in March

“For a lot of truckers, the gap between new and used prices remains particularly large," said Kenny Vieth, president and senior analyst at ACT.

The Trucker News Services

4/23/2012

COLUMBUS, Ind. – Class 8 new and net orders of 22,038 and 20,025 units, respectively, were the lowest order volume since last July, according to the State of the Industry report, recently released by ACT Research Co.

The report covers Class 5 through 8 vehicles for the North American market.

“Class 8 demand, as expressed by incoming orders in February and March, has hit a soft patch,” said Kenny Vieth, president and senior analyst at ACT. “There was a tax-driven prebuy at the end of 2011, and dealers added larger than seasonal stocks in Q1 ahead of rising model year ’13 new truck prices.

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“For a lot of truckers, the gap between new and used prices remains particularly large. Given all of the above, plus rising diesel prices through Q1, it is not too hard to see why the industry has softened.

“However, we think a continuation of reasonable freight growth, strong trucker profits, and healthy used truck prices will push demand higher once the current period of uncertainty is worked through.”

ACT publishes new and used commercial vehicle industry data, market analysis and forecasting services for the North American market, as well as the U.S. tractor-trailer market and the China CV market.

Kevin Jones of The Trucker staff can be reached for comment at kevinj@thetrucker.com.

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