Commercial vehicle registrations: +12.8% first four months of 2016; +14.6% in April
Brussels, 25 May 2016 – In April 2016, demand for new commercial vehicles in the EU increased for the 16th consecutive month. Total commercial vehicle registrations grew by 14.6%, totalling 195,013 units.
Total new commercial vehicles
In April 2016, demand for new commercial vehicles in the EU increased for the 16th consecutive month. Total commercial vehicle registrations grew by 14.6%, totalling 195,013 units. Growth was sustained across all segments of commercial vehicles. Looking at the largest markets, Italy recorded the highest upturn (+32.5%) followed closely by Spain (+19.5%), Germany (+12.3%) and the UK (+11.2%).
In the first four months of the year, the EU market expanded by 12.8%, totalling 758,566 commercial vehicles. During that period, Italy (+29.2%), Spain (+12.9%), France (+10.1%), Germany (+10.0%) and the UK (+4.1%) all posted growth.
New light commercial vehicles (LCV) up to 3.5 tonnes
In April 2016, new registrations of light commercial vehicles totalled 159,012 units, or 13.6% more than in April 2015. This marked the 32nd consecutive month of growth in the segment, which accounts for the majority of sales in the commercial vehicle market. Italy (+30.8%), Spain (+18.0%), the UK (+11.8%), Germany (+9.1%) and France (+8.9%) all contributed positively to the upturn.
From January to April 2016, 625,898 new vans were registered in the EU, 11.8% more than in the same period last year. All major markets saw their demand for vans increase over this period.
New heavy commercial vehicles (HCV) over 16 tonnes
April 2016 results again show a double-digit increase (+22.2%) in the heavy truck segment, totalling 26,457 new registrations. This positive outcome was largely sustained by the notable growth recorded in Italy (+70.4%), Spain (+32.4%), Germany (+23.3%) and France (+18.4%) also posted significant growth.
Four months into the year, the EU market grew by 19.6%, reaching 98,397 units. All major markets saw their demand for heavy trucks increase: Italy (+28.6%), Spain (+24.6%), France (+17.3%), Germany (+12.1%) and the UK (+10.9%).
New medium and heavy commercial vehicles (MHCV) over 3.5 tonnes
In April 2016, results for trucks were similar to the heavy truck segment, with Italy (+61.0%), Spain (+36.7%), Germany (+20.7%) and France (+17.7%) posting double-digit gains. Overall, 32,706 new trucks were registered in the EU, 21.3% more than in April 2015.
From January to April 2016, 120,330 new trucks were registered in the EU, 19.0% more than in the same period last year. All major markets posted significant growth, especially Spain (+27.8%) and Italy (+27.4%).
New medium and heavy buses & coaches (MHBC) over 3.5 tonnes
In April 2016, new buses and coaches registrations increased (+2.7%) compared to April 2015, totalling 3,295 units. Growth was mainly sustained by the German (+14.2%) and UK (+7.8%) markets, while Italy (-11.9%), France (-6.9%) and Spain (-2.8%) performed less well than in April 2015.
Four months into 2016, the EU bus and coach market increased by 3.5%, reaching 12,338 units. Demand declined in the UK (-8.3%) and Italy (-12.7%), while new registrations grew in Germany (+13.1%), France (+6.9%) and Spain (+3.7%).
- 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.
- Visit www.acea.auto for more information about ACEA, and follow us on www.twitter.com/ACEA_auto or www.linkedin.com/company/ACEA/.
- Contact: Francesca Piazza, Statistics Manager, email@example.com.
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About the EU automobile industry
- 12.7 million Europeans work in the auto industry (directly and indirectly), accounting for 6.6% of all EU jobs.
- 11.5% of EU manufacturing jobs – some 3.5 million – are in the automotive sector.
- Motor vehicles are responsible for €398.4 billion of tax revenue for governments across key European markets.
- The automobile industry generates a trade surplus of €76.3 billion for the EU.
- The turnover generated by the auto industry represents more than 8% of the EU’s GDP.
- Investing €58.8 billion in R&D annually, the automotive sector is Europe’s largest private contributor to innovation, accounting for 32% of total EU spending.