Commercial vehicle registrations: +9.1% over five months; +10.8% in May

Brussels, 27 June 2014 – In May, new vehicle registrations continued the positive trend commenced nine months ago, increasing by 10.8% with a total of 151,484 units

In May, new vehicle registrations continued the positive trend commenced nine months ago, increasing by 10.8% with a total of 151,484 units. The truck segment slightly declined, while registrations of vans, as well as of buses and coaches increased. The French market remained stable (-0.1%), while all other significant ones recorded double-digit growths ranging from 12.0% in the UK to 13.5% in Italy, 16.1% in Germany and 41.6% in Spain. 

From January to May, results in France slipped by 0.3%, while the UK (+8.0%) and Germany (+8.7%) performed similarly. Italy (+14.6%) and Spain (+42.9%) saw their markets considerably expand. Overall, new registrations in the EU* increased by 9.1% compared to the first five months of 2013. In total, the region counted 746,678 new vehicles.

New Light Commercial Vehicles up to 3.5t – ‘vans’

In May, demand for vans was up 13.8% in the EU* which counted 126,456 new registrations. All major markets expanded, from 3.9% in France to 15.3% in Italy, 17.3% in Germany, 18.4% in the UK and 45.1% in Spain. Five months into the year, a total of 620,951 new vans was registered, or 10.4% more than in the same period a year earlier. Results were contrasted across markets as the French remained stable (+0.4%), the German grew by 7.7% and the UK (+13.3%) and Italy (+16.1%) also performed better than last year. Spain recorded a considerable 44.7% growth.

New Heavy Commercial Vehicles over 16t (excluding buses and coaches) – ‘heavy trucks’

The segment of heavy trucks slipped by 0.2% in May, with a total of 17,191 new registrations. Results were contrasted in the EU, as Italy (-3.5%), the UK (-17.6%) and France (-30.2%) saw their markets shrink, while Germany (+22.4%) and Spain (+32.9%) posted growth. From January to May, France (-4.8%) and the UK (-28.1%) faced a downturn, which was counterbalanced by growth in Germany (+19.1%), Italy (+19.8%) and Spain (+41.9%), leading to an overall 7.2% increase of the EU* market. In total, 87,822 vehicles were registered.

New Commercial Vehicles over 3.5t (excluding buses and coaches) – ‘trucks’

May results showed a 3.6% decrease in new truck registrations, totalling 22,258 units. Looking at the major markets, Italy (-3.0%), the UK (-23.8%) and France (-30.3%) saw their market decline, while demand was up in Germany (+13.0) and Spain (+15.9%). Five months into the year, the truck segment expanded by 2.9%. Italy (+6.0%), Germany (+11.0) and Spain (+36.8%) positively contributed to the upturn. France (-6.8%) and the UK (-27.6%) fared less well. Overall, the EU* counted 112,624 new trucks.

New buses and coaches over 3.5t

In May, demand for new buses and coaches increased by 12.4%, totalling 2,770 units. Most major markets posted growth, like Spain (+4.8%), Germany (+21.1%) and Italy (+30.8%). From January to May, Spain and Italy performed similarly (-1.9%), while growth in other significant markets (+1.2% in France, +4.6% in the UK, +11.1% in Germany) led to an overall 7.0% upturn in the whole region. In total, 13,103 new buses and coaches were registered in the first five months of the year.

* Data for Malta unavailable


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