Commercial vehicles: registrations increase by 7.5% over 11 months

Brussels, 17/12/2010 – In November, registrations of new commercial vehicles continued their upward trend commenced in March

The EU* recorded 160,495 new vehicles, or 16.3% more than in the same month last year. Except for buses and coaches, all segments posted growth from January to November, resulting in an overall 7.5% expansion of the EU* market compared to the very low levels of last year.

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

In November, the segment of vans grew by 11.6%, totaling 132,670 units. In the major markets, the upturn ranged from +2.0% in Italy to +4.9% in Spain, +7.7% in France, +26.1% in the UK and 28.4% in Germany. Eleven months into the year, vans recorded the strongest increase of all commercial vehicle segments (+8.7%) with 1,356,633 units registered. France was the largest market (+12.0%), before the UK (+19.3%), Germany (+14.5%), Italy (+7.7%) and Spain (+10.1%).

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

November saw a strong increase of the heavy truck market (+69.8%, totaling 17,807 units) compared to the crisis-marked performance in 2009, with the UK posting a 152.2% growth, followed by Germany (+82.0%), France (+49.6%) and Spain (+47.4%). Italy was the only one to contract (-5.5%). From January to November, registrations of heavy trucks were up 4.4%. The situation across the EU varied with Germany (+17.2%) and Spain (+21.4%) experiencing a double-digit growth while the UK (-1.4%) and France (-5.4%) saw their markets contract.

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

November results were positive (+55.0%) in the truck segment, with growth prevailing in most countries. Italy was the only significant market to decline (-1.0%). Elsewhere, the upturn ranged from +33.7% in Spain to +39.6% in France, +73.1% in Germany, 75.1% in Poland and +79.6% in the UK. Cumulative results from January to November show an increase of 3.5% in new truck registrations. Poland (+32.2%), Germany (+16.8%) and Spain (+11.8%) positively contributed to the result while the UK (-4.2%), France (-4.5%) and Italy (-6.5%) faced a downturn.

New Buses & Coaches over 3.5t

The segment of buses and coaches declined in November (-4.7%). A strong growth in Italy (+60.2%) and Spain (+68.5%) could not counterbalance the overall decrease. Registrations in the UK and France dropped by 19.1% and 19.3% respectively. Germany (+1.3%) remained the largest market for buses and coaches. Eleven months into the year, registrations fell by 11.2%. Of the most important markets, only Italy posted growth (+22.6%). Markets in Germany (-5.2%), Spain (-10.6%), the UK (-12.6%) and France (-19.1%) all declined.

* Data for Cyprus and Malta are unavailable

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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