Commercial vehicles: registrations up 5% from January to August

Brussels, 24/09/2010 – New registrations for commercial vehicles in the EU* increased by 5.4% in July and 10.1% in August, with growth in all segments except buses & coaches.

Eight months into the year, new commercial vehicle registrations amounted to 1,129,166 units, or 4.9% more than over the same period a year ago. Compared to the pre-crisis levels of 2008, cumulative results over January-August were still down by 35%.

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

In July, the segment of vans expanded by 5.3%, totaling 116,371 new units. Of the major markets, Italy (-3.7%) and Spain (-9.7%) contracted, while Germany (+6.4%), France (+13.3%) and the UK (+25.2%) all posted growth. In August, Spain was the only significant market to record a decrease (-12.4%). Elsewhere, growth ranged from +3.9% (Italy) to 11.4% (France), 12.6% (Germany) and 15.5% (UK). Overall, the EU* recorded a growth of 8.5%. From January to August, the EU* registered 956,413 new vans, or 7.7% more than over the same period last year. The UK recorded a 16.8% increase, followed by Spain (+15.9%). France (10.9%), Germany (+11.4%) and Italy (+11.6%) performed similarly.

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

In July, 14,051 new heavy trucks were registered in the EU*, or 18.2% more than in July 2009. France was the only important market with a decrease (-3.3%). Germany recorded the largest growth rate (+34.8%) among the biggest markets, followed by the UK (+12.4%), Italy (+11.5%) and Spain (+10.9%). The month of August saw positive results in the majority of countries, including major ones. Germany (+54.4%), Spain (+45.5%) and Italy (+40.5%) performed better than in the same month last year, as did the UK (+17.4%) and France (+12.2%). Overall EU* registrations in August were up 34.0%. Eight months into the year, the market of heavy trucks contracted by 9.1%. Of the most significant markets, only Spain (+12.1%) and Germany (4.1%) posted growth, while Italy (-12.5%), the UK (-13.7%) and France (-20.0%) were down.

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

In July, the segment of trucks was up 11.9% with contrasting results across countries. Germany recorded a double-digit growth (+25.7%), while France registered a 4.0% downturn. The Italian market was stable (-0.7%), while growth was recorded in Spain (+9.9%) and the UK (+9.1%). In total, 20,867 new trucks were registered in the month. In August, all major markets posted growth, ranging from 5.7% in the UK to 6.5% in France, 28.4% in Italy, 30.8% in Spain and 37.0% in Germany, resulting in an overall 23.7% upturn in the EU*. Cumulative results from January to August showed a 7.4% decrease with a total of 151,072 trucks registered. Among the most important markets, Germany (+4.4%) and Spain (+6.1%) posted growth, while the British (-11.3%), Italian (-12.8%) and French (-16.2%) markets performed less well than in the first eight months of last year.

New Buses & Coaches over 3.5t

New bus and coach registrations were down both in July (-28.4%) and August (-12.4%). The number one and two markets in absolute numbers, France and the UK, both saw registrations decrease. July registrations in France fell by -32.5% and by 34.1% in August. The UK market contracted i by 29.7% and 11.1% respectively. Eight months into the year, the UK (-9.3%) was the most important market in units registered, closely followed by France (-18.0%).

* 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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