Commercial vehicle registrations: +12.9% in the first half of the year; +18.6% in June

Brussels, 28 July 2015 – In June 2015, demand for new commercial vehicles in the EU increased (+18.6%) for the sixth consecutive month, totalling 197,203 units

Total new commercial vehicles

In June 2015, demand for new commercial vehicles in the EU increased (+18.6%) for the sixth consecutive month, totalling 197,203 units. Growth was sustained across all commercial vehicle segments and in all major markets, with Germany (+9.4%), Italy (+12.5%), France (+12.9%), the UK (+18.5%) and Spain (+49.7%) posting growth.

In the first semester of 2015, the EU market expanded (+12.9%), totalling 1,030,140 commercial vehicles. During the same period, Spain (+36.8%), the UK (+21.8%), Italy (+8.6%), Germany (+4.6%) and France (+1.6%) all posted growth.

New light commercial vehicles up to 3.5t – vans

In June 2015, new registrations of light commercial vehicles totalled 163,738 units, up (+16.3%) compared to June 2014. This marked the 22nd consecutive month of growth in this segment. Spain (+45.2%), the UK (+16.4%), France (+10.3%), Italy (+9.1%) and Germany (+8.5%) all contributed positively to the upturn.

From January to June 2015, 854,733 new vans were registered in the EU (+12.3%). Spain (+35.6%), the UK (+19.8%), Italy (+7.7%) and Germany (+6.6%) saw their demand for vans increase over this period, while France remained stable (+0.8%).

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

June 2015 results showed an increase in new heavy truck registrations (+32.7%), totalling 23,360 units. Spain (+105.0%), still benefiting from the government incentive program, largely contributed to this positive outcome, followed by Italy (+50.5%), the UK (+39.7%) and France (+34.5%) which all posted double-digit growth.

Six months into the year, the EU market grew (+20.3%), reaching 126,039 units. The UK (+57.7%), Spain (+47.4%), Italy (+19.1%), France (+9.4%) and Germany (+2.2%) saw their 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 June 2015, 29,896 new trucks were registered in the EU, up (+31.4%) compared to June 2014. All major markets significantly supported the overall expansion, with Spain (+102.2%), Italy (+41.8%), France (+36.3%), the UK (+36.0%) and Germany (+11.3%) posting double-digit growth.

From January to June 2015, results for trucks were diverse, with Germany (-0.4%) performing slightly less well than in the same period last year, while Spain (+44.3%), the UK (+42.7%) and Italy (+15.1%) recorded significant increases. Overall, 156,738 new trucks (+15.9%) were registered in the EU

New buses & coaches over 3.5t  

In June 2015, new bus and coach registrations increased (+28.6%) compared to June 2014, totalling 3,569 units. Italy (+92.6%), France (+59.4%), the UK (+42.9%) and Germany (+22.8%) positively contributed to the overall expansion, while Spain (-4.7%) performed less well than in June 2014.

In the first semester of 2015, the EU market increased (+16.9%), totalling 18,669 new buses and coaches. Demand was primarily driven by Spain (+57.4%) and the UK (+21.6%), followed by France (18.9%) and Italy (+16.8%).

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About the EU automobile industry

  • 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.
  • 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.
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