Commercial vehicles: light trucks carry registrations up 2.4% over January-May

Updated on June 25, 11.30 a.m. (on LCVs cumulative results Jan-May 2010).

Brussels, 25/06/2010 – In May 143,990 new commercial vehicles were registered in the EU*. That is 7.7% more than in 2009, though 34.6% less than in the same month of 2008. The segment of vans (+9.4%) carried the upturn, while the other vehicle categories posted negative results. Five months into the year, the EU* market expanded by 2.4%**, registering 722,767** new units. A comparison with the pre-crisis period of January to May 2008 shows a drop of 36.3%**.

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

Vans were the only segment to expand in the EU* in May (+9.4%). With the exception of France (-3.5%), all main markets were in the plus, growing from 2.4% in Italy to 15.1% in Germany, 32.7% in the UK and 40.9% in Spain. 121,901 new vans were registered in the month. From January to May, registrations increased by 6.8%**. The five largest markets all posted growth, ranging from 9.6% in France to 10.9% in Germany, 15.3% in the UK, 16.1% in Italy and 24.7% in Spain. 618,582** new vehicles were recorded in total over the five month-period.

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

In May, new heavy trucks registrations stabilised compared to last year (-0.3%), at 12,898 units. While the UK (-2.5%), France (-9.6%), Italy (-11.5%) and the Netherlands (-23.8%) saw their markets shrink, German and Spanish registrations increased by 11.5% and 32.0% respectively. Five months into the year, most markets declined (-22.1%), including major ones such as Germany (-13.2%), the UK (-24.2%), Italy (-24.9%), France (-29.3%) and the Netherlands (-40.6%). Only Spain recorded positive results (+6.7%). A total of 60,508 new heavy trucks were registered over the period.

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

Registrations of new trucks in May slightly decreased (-1.1%) compared to last year with a total of 19,424 units registered. Of all significant markets, Germany (+8.0%) and Spain (+16.6%) were the only ones to post growth. Registrations in the UK (-7.5%), France (-7.7%) and Italy (-11.9%) dropped. From January to May, registrations in Germany (-9.6%), the UK (-19.8%), Italy (-22.8%) and France (-23.7%) were down, as in most markets, resulting in an overall 18.5% downturn. New truck registrations amounted to 90,894 units.

New Buses & Coaches over 3.5t

New bus and coach registrations fell by 2.5% in May, totaling 2,665 units. The UK (-12.0%) registered the most vehicles, followed by France (+16.5%), Germany (-12.8%), Italy (+10.0%) and Spain (-10.4%). Five months into the year, most countries faced a downturn, including the UK (-7.2%), France (-7.6%), Germany (-14.9%) and Spain (-29.1%). Italy performed better than last year, recording 13.1% more vehicles from January to May.

* Data for Cyprus and Malta are unavailable

** figure updated on June 25, 11:30 am NB: Commencing with the January 2010 new commercial vehicle registrations figures, the ACEA data sheet will provide new vehicle registrations in alphabetical order for the countries of the European Union, and no longer separate for Western-Europe (15) and new EU Member States (10)*. Results for the EFTA countries will continue to be reported separately. The monthly press releases will quote the ‘EU’ figures first, followed by the ‘total Europe’ figures, adding up the EU and EFTA figures.


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