Class 8 trucks expected to grow 26% in 2010

Heavy truck production will grow 26% this year, with more modest growth expected for medium-duty trucks, according to ACT Research.

Several freight transportation and commercial vehicle market factors are setting the stage for continued improvement in demand for heavy-duty vehicles in the second half of 2010 and into 2011, according to ACT.

“Key building blocks to support improved demand for heavy-duty commercial vehicles are coming into alignment,” said Kenny Vieth, senior analyst and partner with ACT Research. “On the transportation side, all major freight indicators are solidly positive, which has allowed truckload hauling capacity to tighten rapidly. This in turn is allowing freight rates to rise and sets the stage for materially stronger trucker profits. And with used truck values steadily rising, trucking companies are now in a good position to replace an aged fleet,” added Vieth.

In the latest release of the North American Commercial Vehicle Outlook, ACT projects full-year production of heavy-duty (Class 8) vehicles will be up 26% compared to 2009. The forecast for medium-duty vehicle (Classes 5-7) production remains at 12% year-over-year growth as the housing and construction sectors struggle to regain footing.

ACT is a publisher of new and used commercial vehicle (CV) industry data, market analysis and forecasting services for the North American market, as well as the China CV market. ACT’s CV services are used by all major North American truck and trailer manufacturers and their suppliers, as well as the banking and investment community. Additional information on ACT can be found at http://www.actresearch.net.

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