Commercial vehicle registrations up 4.5% in September

Brussels, 27/10/2011 – In September, demand for new commercial vehicles was up 4.5%** in the EU*, supported by positive results in Spain (+4.7%), Germany (+7.7%) and the UK (+8.7%), while new registrations in France declined (-3.5%)

Brussels, 27/10/2011 – In September, demand for new commercial vehicles was up 4.5%** in the EU*, supported by positive results in Spain (+4.7%), Germany (+7.7%) and the UK (+8.7%), while new registrations in France declined (-3.5%). From January to September, most major markets posted growth, ranging from 5.2% in France to 18.6% in the UK and 21.2% in Germany, leading to an overall 11.1% upturn** in the region*. Compared to the same period last year, Spain was the only country to perform less well (-5.3%).

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

 In September, new van registrations totaled 143,086 units, or 3.3% more than in the same month a year ago**. Spain (+6.0%), Germany (+8.6%) and the UK (+9.4%) all saw their markets expand, while France faced a 6.9% downturn. Nine months into the year, the EU* recorded 1,177,250 new vans, or 7.7% more** than in the first nine months of 2010. Looking at the major markets, the UK (+18.5%) and Germany (+19.1%) posted a doubledigit growth, France grew by 1.8% and Spain shrank by 9.0%.

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

 Across segments, heavy trucks increased the most in September (+16.6%), with a total of 175,527 new registrations**. Growth prevailed in all significant markets, ranging from 11.4% in Spain and the UK to 12.4% in Germany and 24.8% in France. From January to September, all EU* markets posted growth, except Greece (-58.5%), leading to a 44.3% increase of new heavy truck registrations in the region. The upturn was strong in Spain (+26.6%), Germany (+32.0%), the UK (+47.8%) and France (+52.9%).

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

 In September, new truck registrations were up 13.0%** in the EU*. Growth prevailed in all major markets, reaching 7.3% in Germany, 10.4% in the UK, 13.3% in Spain and 25.8% in France. Cumulative results from January to September showed a 34.8% increase** in new truck registrations which amounted to 234,108 units. Spain (+25.5%), Germany (+27.8%), the UK (+31.0%) and France (+45.9%) all posted a double-digit growth.

New Buses & Coaches over 3.5t

 The segment of buses and coaches was the only one to decline in September (-10.2%)**. All major markets were down, except France (+70.0%) which remained the biggest one. From January to September, demand for new buses and coaches was down 2.7%**, with diverse performances across markets. France (+10.7%) and Spain (+20.4%) recorded more vehicles than in the same period last year, while Germany slightly contracted (-1.4%) and the UK (-27.8%) faced a more important downturn.

* Data for Cyprus and Malta are unavailable 

** Due to the unavailability of data from Italy since January 2011, figures reported for that country are an extrapolation made by data provider AAA. They are not actual market figures, hence the possibility of an error margin with regard to the EU totals. Italy usually accounts for 10 to 15% of the EU Commercial Vehicle market.


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