Commercial vehicles: registrations up 20% in January

Brussels, 25/02/2011 – Registrations of new commercial vehicles in the EU* increased by 20.0% in January compared to the same month last year, totaling about 150,000 units**.

The month counted on average one more working day across the region than January 2010. All categories and most countries posted growth, including the major markets. While the UK (+48.6%) and Germany (+40.6%) expanded considerably, the French market grew by 12.2%. The Spanish market started the year slightly higher (+0.8%).

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

 In January, the EU* market of vans increased by 15.3%** with growth in most countries. Looking at the most significant markets, demand for vans was up 48.6% in the UK, 34.5% in Germany and 8.5% in France. Slovakia (64.2%), Greece (-49.7%), Portugal (-17.0%), Spain (-7.3%), Ireland (-5.9%) and the Czech Republic (-0.6%) noted a downturn. In total, about 122,000 new vans were registered**.

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

 January results in the segment of heavy trucks showed the strongest increase (+64.6%**). The UK saw demand for heavy trucks jump by 144.3%. Registrations in France and Germany increased by 65.5% and 66.6% respectively, while the Dutch market grew by 36.5% and the Spanish by 46.7%. Greece was the only market to contract (-63.2%).

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

 The EU* registered about 23,600 new trucks** in January, which is 52.5%** more than in the same month a year ago. Except for Greece (-65.2%) and Ireland (-9.3%), all countries posted growth. Germany (+58.9%) registered the most vehicles, followed by France (+55.2%), the UK (+66.9%), Spain (+44.7%) and the Netherlands (+32.9%).

New Buses & Coaches over 3.5t

 New bus and coach registrations were up 17.0%** in the EU* in January. The UK was the only important market to perform less well than in the same month last year (-12.1%). Markets in France (+12.0%), Germany (+23.6%) and Spain (+96.3%) all expanded.

* Data for Cyprus and Malta are unavailable

** Due to the unavailability of data from Italy this month, 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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