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Demand for Class 8 Trucks Down 10% in March; Medium-duty Dips 3%

April 21, 2016 By: Trucking News Staff Tags: Fleet Management, News
Demand for Class 8 Trucks Down 10% in March; Medium-duty Dips 3%

Orders for new Class 8 tractors dropped 10 percent month over month and 35 percent year over year in March, to a total of 16,354 units, according to ACT Research Co.

Meanwhile, net orders for medium-duty trucks totaled 13,242, which were down 3 percent from February, but up 10 percent year over year.

These results were published in the latest State of the Industry report, recently released by ACT Research Co. (ACT). The report covers Classes 5 through 8 vehicles for the North American market.

“Medium- and heavy-duty demand trends continue to follow the sectors of the economy that drive their respective cycles,” said Kenny Vieth, ACT’s president and senior analyst. “For medium-duty vehicles, the consumer economy continues to produce good outcomes as job and income growth support healthy demand for big-ticket durable goods and housing.

“For Class 8, there are too many trucks chasing insufficient freight. Low prices across the commodity spectrum have rolled back investment, cutting demand for machinery. In addition, the strength of the dollar has made U.S. manufactured goods less competitive in global markets,” Vieth said. He added that the March net order volume for Class 8 was lower than had been seen since late 2012.