Commercial vehicle registrations: +9.6% over nine months; +13.2% in September

Brussels, 28 October 2014 – In September, the EU* market for new commercial vehicles expanded for the thirteenth consecutive month. Demand increased (+13.2%), totalling 181,436 units

In September, the EU* market for new commercial vehicles expanded for the thirteenth consecutive month. Demand increased (+13.2%), totalling 181,436 units. Growth prevailed in the van and heavy trucks segments, while the truck and bus and coach segments slightly declined. All major markets expanded and, in particular, Italy (+33%), Spain (+20.2) and the UK (+10.6%) recorded a double-digit growth.

From January to September, 1,352,410 new commercial vehicles were registered, or 9.6% more than in the same period last year. Looking at the largest markets, France remained stable (0.4%), while Germany expanded (+7.5%). The UK (+12.4%), Italy (+16.9%) and Spain (+32.4%) posted double-digit growth.

New Light Commercial Vehicles up to 3.5t – vans

From January to September, the EU* market for vans increased (+11.7%), compared to the first nine months of 2013, mainly driven by the generalised growth observed in all major markets in recent months. Nine months into the year, new van registrations in totalled 1,126,310 units, representing more than 83% of the total new commercial vehicle registrations.

New Heavy Commercial Vehicles over 16t (excluding buses and coaches) – heavy trucks

Over nine months, the region registered more vehicles (+3%) than in the same period last year and counted 156,604 new heavy trucks. Looking at the major markets, France (-8.3%) and the UK (-22%) performed less well than in the first eight months of 2013, while the Italian (+12.6%), German (+14.6%) and Spanish (+26.9%) markets expanded.

New Commercial Vehicles over 3.5t (excluding buses and coaches) – trucks

From January to September, France (-9.6%) and the UK (-21.4%) faced a downturn, while demand was up in Italy (+4.6%), Germany (+5.8%) and Spain (+23.2%), leading to a stable situation in the whole region (-0.4%). In total, 201,716 new trucks were registered in the EU* in the first nine months.

New buses and coaches over 3.5t

From January to September, Spain (+12.5%) saw the largest growth, followed by Germany (+1.7%). Overall, the EU* recorded 24,384 new buses and coaches, or more (+3.4%) than in the first nine months of 2013.

* Data for Malta unavailable


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