ACT Research: Chinese Truck Market Demand Started to Reverse Downward Trajectory in Q4’22

ACT Research Co.
2 min readMar 24, 2023

Chinese commercial vehicle demand presented a mixed bag of results into the end of 2022. While demand for heavy trucks, medium trucks, and tractors started the process of reversing their downward trajectory as the Chinese economy reopened, according to the recent release of ACT Research’s China Commercial Vehicle OUTLOOK.

Medium truck and heavy tractor volumes remained under pressure in the year’s final quarter, but saw improvement relative to year-ago levels. While still down compared to last year, heavy truck volumes posted a strong gain in Q4 q/q, boosting overall HD vehicle output. With declines narrowing and easy comps inbound, 2022 is expected to be the nadir of this demand cycle. MD and HD vehicle output is projected to rise 25% in 2023 from 2022 levels.

Economic growth in Q4’22 was mixed as an explosion of COVID cases negatively impacted activity due to a surge of infections after the pandemic control restrictions were lifted. Additionally, falling external demand dampened exports amid slower global growth. Infrastructure investment was strong but insufficient to drive an uptick in volume against other headwinds.

ACT Research: China Commercial Vehicle OUTLOOK

The China CV OUTLOOK, jointly published quarterly by ACT and China’s State Information Center (SIC), includes a review and forecast of China’s heavy tractor and heavy and medium duty truck and bus markets, as well as analysis of OEM market shares within China and an overview of the Chinese macroeconomy. This quarterly report also includes access to monthly by-OEM wholesale data, alternative fuels market shares by CV application, market share percentages, industrial policy impacts, and an overview of the competitive landscape.

SIC is affiliated with the National Development and Reform Commission of China and is engaged in research on the macro-economy, key industries and information technology.

ACT Research is recognized as the leading publisher of commercial vehicle truck, trailer, and bus industry data, market analysis and forecasts for the North America and China markets. ACT’s analytical services are used by all major North American truck and trailer manufacturers and their suppliers, as well as banking and investment companies. ACT Research is a contributor to the Blue Chip Economic Indicators and a member of the Wall Street Journal Economic Forecast Panel. ACT Research executives have received peer recognition, including election to the Board of Directors of the National Association for Business Economics, appointment as Consulting Economist to the National Private Truck Council, and the Lawrence R. Klein Award for Blue Chip Economic Indicators’ Most Accurate Economic Forecast over a four-year period. ACT Research senior staff members have earned accolades including Chicago Federal Reserve Automotive Outlook Symposium Best Overall Forecast, Wall Street Journal Top Economic Outlook, and USA Today Top 10 Economic Forecasters. More information can be found at www.actresearch.net.

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More information about ACT’s China Commercial Vehicle OUTLOOK.

Details on other ACT Research reports and services.

Last quarter’s China Commercial Vehicle OUTLOOK press release.

ACT’s In the News page.

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