Heavy Duty Trucks News
ACT Research’s Class 8 Tractor Dashboard unchanged still a downbeat

According to ACT Research’s recently released Transportation Digest, the top line on the Class 8 Tractor Dashboard was unchanged in May, the third month of moderately downbeat readings. “Our interpretation of the recent Tractor Dashboard reading is a gradual erosion of Class 8 market demand into the second half of 2022, but no ‘spiral down’ and

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Used Class 8 truck sales volumes, prices, miles, age increase

According to the latest release of the State of the Industry: U.S. Classes 3-8 Used Trucks, published by ACT Research, used Class 8 retail volumes (same dealer sales) were 1% higher month-over-month. Longer term, volumes dropped 44% y/y and were 34% lower ytd. Average price and miles were down 6% and 1%, respectively, compared to

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Hendrickson’s HAULMAXX EX launched at Mack Trucks

Hendrickson Truck Commercial Vehicle Systems has partnered with Mack Trucks to offer the Next Generation HAULMAAX EX heavy-duty rubber suspension. The Mack TerraPro and LR cab-over vehicles are now available for purchase with the HAULMAAX EX suspension at authorized Mack dealers.     The HAULMAAX EX suspension’s equalizing beam distributes the load equally between both

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US trailer order placement continues to be choppy

June net US trailer orders of 25,444 units were 31% higher compared to last month, and nearly 122% above the year-ago June level, according to this month’s issue of ACT Research’s State of the Industry: U.S. Trailer Report. “Order placement remained choppy in June, with dry van and bulk tank net orders sequentially increasing by

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FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index fell due mostly to diesel price gains

FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index (TCI) for May fell back into negative territory with a -0.3 reading from 3.21 in April. Sharp increases in diesel prices during May offset slightly improved freight market conditions for carriers. Freight demand, capacity utilization, and freight rates were slightly stronger in May but together were unable to diminish the negative

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Navistar to meet sustainability challenges head-on with truck solutions, support

The image on the screen behind Navistar President and CEO Mathias Carlbaum during his ACT Expo keynote address was eye opening. It displayed the top 25 countries that use clean energy. Iceland was in pole position with nearly 100% clean energy usage, followed by Sweden and Norway. Even our neighbors to the North were in

Penske Logistics recipient of Novelis Global Supplier Alliance Award

Penske Logistics is the recipient of a Global Supplier Alliance Award from customer Novelis Inc. Penske received the accolade during a recent Novelis ceremony in Atlanta. The Novelis awards recognize companies for quality performance and outstanding partnership that spurs sustainable innovation and supports supply chain resiliency. Winners were evaluated based on quality, delivery, sustainability, and innovation performance indicators,

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FTR reports preliminary trailer orders continued to backtrack in June

FTR reports preliminary trailer orders fell back in June to 14,400 units. Orders were down 23% m/m but up 20% y/y. Trailer orders for the past twelve months have totaled 265,000 units. The order number for June met expectations, as OEMs have filled most of the available build slots and are not yet booking orders

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Skagit Transportation leverages leasing to maintain preferred status as a top carrier

Like many successful trucking companies today, change and diversification drive the success of Skagit Transportation, headquartered in Mount Vernon, Wash. The company was originally started by Bud and Dode Egbers in the 1940s, hauling grain and hay on their four trailers for local farmers. That grew to hauling bulk foods and ag products throughout the

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Photo Gallery: Western Star 57X on-highway truck

The Western Star team let us lay our hands on the new on-highway truck, the 57X. Here’s a photo gallery and a bunch of first impressions from our time with the X-series truck. Click here if you’re looking for all of the product details and stay tuned for a full video that will show off

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Five truck trend takeaways from July

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not quite ready for the leaves to start falling. The first of August marks the beginning of the end. It’s soon time to turn off the A/C and crank up the heat. Before you know it, Christmas will be right around the corner! … maybe I’m getting

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Inflation, interest rates, recession and supply chains still overarching themes

According to ACT Research’s (ACT) latest State of the Industry: NA Classes 5-8 Report, surging inflation, the Fed hiking interest rates into a potential recession, and supply-chain disruptions remain overarching themes. According to Kenny Vieth, ACT Research’s President and Senior Analyst, “The prospect of a US recession has grown materially since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and

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