Commercial vehicle registrations down 11.3% in February

Brussels, 27/03/2012 – In February, demand for new commercial vehicles was down in all major markets, leading to an overall 11.3% decline in the EU

Brussels, 27/03/2012 – In February, demand for new commercial vehicles was down in all major markets, leading to an overall 11.3% decline in the EU*. The downturn ranged from 3.2% in France, to 6.9% in Germany, 16.6% in the UK, 24.4% in Spain and 29.8% in Italy. In total, 126,010 new vehicles were registered in the month, which counted on average one more working day across the EU than February last year. From January to February, markets in Germany (-1.9%) and France (-2.5%) slightly contracted, while the UK (-11.5%), Spain (-22.9%) and Italy (-30.5%) faced double-digit downturns. Overall, the EU* recorded 267,111 new commercial vehicles, or 7.9% less than in the first two months of 2011.

New Light Commercial Vehicles up to 3.5t – “vans”

In February, 103,720 new vans were registered, or 12.1% less than in the same month a year earlier. All significant markets shrank, from -3.4% in Germany to -4.0% in France, -25.2% in Spain, -26.4% in the UK and -30.1% in Italy. Two months into the year, new van registrations decreased by 9.2% in the EU*, totaling 217,891 units. Germany was the only market to slightly expand (+0.8%) whereas France (-3.4%), the UK (-20.3%), Spain (-22.8%) and Italy (-31.5%) all performed less well than in the same period last year.

New Heavy Commercial Vehicles over 16t (excluding Buses & Coaches) – “heavy trucks”

The heavy truck segment declined by 9.8% in February, amounting to 15,211 units. Looking at the major markets, France (+1.0%) and the UK (+18.5%) both posted growth while Spain (-15.9%), Germany (-17.1%) and Italy (-25.3%) recorded negative results. In January-February, new heavy truck registrations declined by 2.5% in the EU*, representing a total of 34,206 units. The French and British markets expanded by 2.3% and 28.2% respectively. Downturn prevailed in the other three major markets: Germany (-9.3%), Spain (-14.1%) and Italy (-19.5%).

New Commercial Vehicles over 3.5t (excluding Buses & Coaches) – “trucks”

The month of February saw new truck registrations fall by 8.2% in the EU*, to a total of 20,312 units. Results varied across countries as France and the UK grew by 4.5% and 24.5% respectively, while Germany (-15.6%), Spain (-17.3%) and Italy (-27.6%) recorded double-digit downturns. Over the first two months, Germany remained the largest market despite a 9.0% contraction, followed by France (+5.5%) and the UK (+37.4%) which both saw their demand increase. Spain (-16.7%) and Italy (-21.4%) fared less well, recording sharp drops. In total, the EU* registered 44,811 new trucks from January to February, or 1.8% less than in the same period last year.

New Buses & Coaches over 3.5t

In February, new bus and coach registrations grew by 2.5% in the EU*, boosted by demand in the UK (91.8%) and Germany (+13.1%). From January to February, the same two markets remained the largest, growing by 52.0% and 16.7% respectively. France (-7.3%) ranked third, followed by Italy (-29.7%) and Spain (-53.7%). Overall demand in the EU* fell by 1.2% during that period.

* Data for Malta unavailable


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