Commercial vehicle registrations: +8.2% in January 2017
Brussels, 23 February 2017 – In January 2017, the EU market for new commercial vehicles grew again, in line with its positive performance in 2016. Demand increased (+8.2%) in the first month of the year, totalling 173,614 units, and was mostly driven by the light commercial vehicle segment.
Total new commercial vehicles
In January 2017, the EU market for new commercial vehicles grew again, in line with its positive performance in 2016. Demand increased (+8.2%) in the first month of the year, totalling 173,614 units, and was mostly driven by the light commercial vehicle segment. The EU’s five largest markets all posted gains in January, with Spain (+23.8%), Italy (+11.4%) and France (+10.3%) recording the highest growth rates.
New light commercial vehicles (LCV) up to 3.5 tonnes
In January 2017, new registrations of vans totalled 142,864 units, 9.3% more than in January 2016. All major markets contributed positively to this upturn. Spain (+31.5%) and France (+10.3%) posted double‐digit gains, followed by Germany (+5.8%), Italy (+5.0%) and the United Kingdom (+1.2%).
New heavy commercial vehicles (HCV) over 16 tonnes
January 2017 results show a modest, yet positive, uplift in the heavy truck segment (+3.9%), with 23,195 new vehicles registered. Most of the major EU markets contributed to this growth, especially Italy (+54.5%), France (+12.0%) and the UK (+8.8%), although the Spanish (-10.0%) and German (-5.9%) markets faced a downturn.
New medium and heavy commercial vehicles (MHCV) over 3.5 tonnes
In January 2017 trucks registrations were similar to the heavy truck segment, with three of the five largest EU markets posting growth over the month. Overall, 27,885 new trucks were registered in the European Union, 3.6% more than in January 2016.
New medium and heavy buses & coaches (MHBC) over 3.5 tonnes
January 2017 results of the bus and coach segment were diverse. France (‐17.2%) and Spain (-9.4%) saw demand fall, while Italy (+46.9%) and Germany (+13.5%) posted double‐digit growth. Overall, new bus and coach registrations grew modestly (+2.9%) across the region.
- 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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- Contact: Francesca Piazza, Statistics Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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.