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Paccar expecting 2Q deliveries to climb

Paccar reported first quarter earnings Tuesday of $378.4 million, an increase of 38 percent from last year. And that may only be a sign of things to come. Ron Armstrong, Paccar Chief Executive Officer, ...

Commercial truck demand continues to be strong

January Class 8 net orders were 35,226 units, while Classes 5-7 posted 18,712 net orders according to ACT Research Co. (ACT). Kenny Vieth, ACT’s President and Senior Analyst, says January marked the fourth consecutive ...

Trailer orders dropped to ‘normal’ levels in January

U.S. Trailer orders returned to normal levels in January, with net orders clocking 27,300 units according to FTR. Business still remains strong with orders exceeding 360,000 for the past twelve months. “The trailer market ...

Mack, Volvo mounting marketshare charge

Volvo Group closed the fourth quarter of its fiscal year with strong results. The company reported order intake improved by 16 percent to more than 61,000 trucks in total. "In North America we had ...

Commercial truck orders approach 400k in 2014

Truck order momentum built in 2014 as the calendar pages turned and according to ACT Research Co. (ACT), closed out with 380,200 net orders – a jump of 42 percent from 2013. "The Q4 order volume ...

2014 trailer orders were ‘best ever’

The 45,500 net trailer orders posted in December in the U.S. barely missed setting a new record. It was the second highest month ever recorded, falling just 1.5% short of October 2014. Trailer orders ...

Strong used truck demand expected to pace 2015

According to Chris Visser, ATD/NADA senior analyst and product manager, new truck orders were “through the roof” in the fourth quarter ...

Truck orders close 2014 over 40,000

Truck dealers celebrated a Merry Christmas thanks in part to closing the book on the third consecutive month with net truck orders above 40,000 units. December 2014 North American Class 8 truck net orders ...

Trailer orders jump 43%, up 55% YTD

November trailer orders topped 36,000 units, rocketing 43 percent year-over-year, according to the most recent State of the Industry: U.S. Trailers published by ACT Research Co. (ACT). Frank Maly, Director – CV Transportation ...

Class 8 backlog hits 8 year high, but HOS rollback could put drag on 2016

Class 8 orders in November were 40,925 units, the fifth best order month since ACT Research started collecting industry data in the early 1980s, the firm says. "Year-to-date, orders of 336,000 units are ...

President signs off on tax extenders

With barely more than a week left in 2014, President Barack Obama has signed off on a measure that increases small-business expensing and bonus depreciation ... for 2014. Obama signed Saturday H.R. 5771, ...

Used trucks volumes flatten, retail prices climb

Volumes of used Class 8 trucks were flat in October, limping upward by 1 percent month-over-month, according to the latest release of the State of the Industry: U.S. Classes 3-8 Used Trucks, published ...

Bill to restore bonus depreciation, AltFuel credit passes House

Trucking has received quite the shot in the arm this year, and more might be on the way. The House this week passed a Bill that could unlock millions of dollars in tax ...

Truck orders trend toward happy holidays

North American Class 8 truck orders came in at 40,560 in November according to data released by FTR Wednesday. Last month marked the second consecutive month above the 40,000, with order activity – ...
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