Commercial vehicles: registrations up 4.3% over first semester

Brussels, 23/07/2010 – In June, new registrations rose for all segments of commercial vehicles, resulting in an overall 13.2% increase in the EU*, with 166,929 new registrations in total.

Over the first half-year, the market expanded by 4.3%, mainly lifted by the demand for vans (+8.0%). In total, 887,862 new commercial vehicles were recorded six months into the year.

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

New van registrations in June were up 12.9% compared to June last year, totaling 141,528 units. Like most EU countries, the major markets posted growth, ranging from 3.7% in Italy** to 14.4% in France, 17.1% in the UK, 17.6% in Germany and 21.5% in Spain. From January to June, 758,241 new vans were registered, or 8.0% more than over the same period a year ago. France (+10.5%) recorded the most new vehicles in numbers registered, followed by the UK (+15.6%), Italy** (+14.8%), Germany (+12.1%) and Spain (+24.1%).

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

In June, the segment of heavy trucks expanded by 17.3% with 14,843 new vehicles registered, marking the first increase in two years, and rebounding from very low levels. Of the main markets, the UK was the only one to decline (-2.9%), while France remained stable (+0.9), and Italy (+9.9%) and Germany (+43.7%) both expanded. In the first semester, 75,977 new heavy trucks were recorded, or 15.9% less than in the first semester of 2009. A vast majority of countries faced a downturn, ranging from -53.8% in Denmark to -5.9% in Germany. Of the most significant markets, the UK (-20.7%), Italy (-20.9%) and France (-24.6%) also contracted. Spain was the only one to grow (+8.2%)

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

In June, 22,318 new trucks were registered, representing an increase of 16.6% compared to the same month last year. Looking at the most important markets, France grew by 1.0%, the UK by 5.1%, Spain by 8.6%, Italy by 8.7% and Germany by 35.2%. Six months into the year, the truck category was down 13.4%, totaling 113,240 new registrations. Of the major markets, Spain (+2.3%) was the only one to post growth, while Germany (-3.2%), the UK (-16.0%), Italy (-19.0%) and France (-19.7%) all saw their markets contract.

New Buses & Coaches over 3.5t

New bus and coach registrations were up 4.9% in June, totaling 3,083 units. The UK (+0.8%) registered the most vehicles, followed by Sweden (+117.1%), France (-3.2%), Germany (-13.7%), Italy (+33.0%) and Spain (+0.4%). In the first semester, most countries recorded a downturn, including the UK (-6.0%), France (-6.9%), Germany (-14.7%) and Spain (-24.4%). Italy performed better than last year, registering15.6% more vehicles from January to June.

* Data for Cyprus and Malta are unavailable

** sales figures 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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