Commercial vehicle registrations: +12.2% over nine months; +14.7% in September

Brussels, 27 October 2015 – In September 2015, demand for new commercial vehicles in the EU increased (+14.7%) for the ninth consecutive month, totalling 208,077 units

Total new commercial vehicles

In September 2015, demand for new commercial vehicles in the EU increased (+14.7%) for the ninth consecutive month, totalling 208,077 units. Growth was sustained across all commercial vehicle segments. Spain (+53.2%) and the UK (+19.9%) confirmed the positive momentum posting double-digit percentage gains, followed by France (+9.7%) and Italy (+4.9%), while Germany remained stable (+0.6%).

Over nine months in 2015, the EU market expanded (+12.2%), totalling 1,517,247 commercial vehicles. During the same period, Spain (+38.6%), the UK (+19.2%), Italy (+10.0%), Germany (+2.2%) and France (+1.9%) all posted growth.

New light commercial vehicles up to 3.5t – vans

In September 2015, new registrations of light commercial vehicles totalled 173,515 units, up (+14.0%) compared to September 2014. This marked the 25th consecutive month of growth in the segment. Spain (+50.8%), the UK (+19.6%), France (+8.8%) and Italy (+2.0%) positively contributed to the upturn, while Germany showed a slight decline (-0.9%).

From January to September 2015, 1,253,009 new vans were registered in the EU (+11.2%). Spain (+37.0%), the UK (+17.4%), Italy (+8.5%) and Germany (+2.4%) saw demand for vans increase over this period, while France remained stable (+0.9%).

New heavy commercial vehicles over 16t (excluding heavy buses & coaches) – heavy trucks

September 2015 results show an increase in new heavy truck registrations (+20.2%), totalling 24,912 units. Spain (+79.3%), still benefiting from the government incentive programme, largely contributed to this positive outcome, followed by Italy (+56.4%), the UK (+26.7%) and France (+20.5%) which all posted double-digit growth.

Nine months into the year, the EU market grew (+20.6%), reaching 188,281 units. Spain (+55.7%), the UK (+44.0%), Italy (+26.7%), France (+11.3%) and Germany (+3.6%) saw demand for heavy trucks increase, contributing to the overall upturn of the EU market over the period.

New medium & heavy commercial vehicles over 3.5t (excluding buses & coaches) – trucks

In September 2015, 30,544 new trucks were registered in the EU, up (+17.0%) compared to September 2014. All major markets supported the overall expansion, with Spain (+75.0%), Italy (+39.7%), the UK (+17.7%), France (+17.5%) and Germany (+5.3%) posting growth.

From January to September 2015, 235,238 new trucks (+16.6%) were registered in the EU. In particular, Spain (+51.9%), the UK (+34.2%) and Italy (+22.1%) recorded significant increases over the period, followed by France (+8.8%) and Germany (+1.5%) which reported more modest growth.

New buses & coaches over 3.5t

In September 2015, new bus and coach registrations increased (+29.8%) compared to September 2014, totalling 4,018 units. The UK (+55.9%), Spain (+44.3%), Italy (+21.7%) and France (+15.5%) positively contributed to the overall expansion, while Germany (-13.2%) performed less well than in September 2014.

Over nine months in 2015, the EU market increased (+18.2%), totalling 29,000 new buses and coaches. Demand was primarily driven by Spain (+42.8%) and the UK (+30.0%), followed by France (+18.3%), Italy (+15.3%) and Germany (+7.0%).


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  • The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) is the Brussels-based trade association of the 16 major car, van, truck and bus producers in Europe.
  • The ACEA commercial vehicle members are DAF Trucks, Daimler Truck, Ford Trucks, Iveco Group, MAN Truck & Bus, Scania, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, and Volvo Group.
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  • 13 million Europeans work in the auto industry (directly and indirectly), accounting for 7% of all EU jobs.
  • 11.5% of EU manufacturing jobs – some 3.4 million – are in the automotive sector.
  • Motor vehicles are responsible for €374.6 billion of tax revenue for governments across key European markets.
  • The automobile industry generates a trade surplus of €79.5 billion for the EU.
  • The turnover generated by the auto industry represents more than 8% of the EU’s GDP.
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