EU commercial vehicle registrations rise 16.8% in February
Year-to-date figures also rose, with new registrations up by 18.5% from January to February, compared with the same period a year ago, totalling 290,695 units. All categories posted growth.
For new Light Commercial Vehicles up to 3.5t – "vans" – demand was up 12.3% in February, with 118,040 vehicles registered. France recorded the most vans and expanded its market by 13.6%, followed by Germany (+32.0%) and the UK (+23.9%). With 9,217 units, Spain saw its market contract by 6.7%.
Two months into the year, a total of 240,057 new vans was registered in the EU, or 13.8% more than in the same period last year. France (+11.1%), Germany (+33.2%) and the UK (+37.9%) performed better, while Spain faced a downturn (-7.0%).
Looking at new Heavy Commercial Vehicles over 16t (excluding Buses & Coaches) – "heavy trucks" – this segment posted the strongest growth in February (+74.4%) with 16,397 new registrations. Among the major markets, the British expanded the most (+152.2%), followed by the German (+78.2%), the French (+67.7%) and the Spanish (+53.8%).
From January to February, the EU recorded 34,574 new heavy trucks, or 70.3% more than in the first two months of 2010. Germany (+72.1%) registered the most trucks, followed by France (+66.5%), the UK (+147.8%), the Netherlands (+38.5%) and Spain (+51.8%).
For new Commercial Vehicles over 3.5t (excluding Buses & Coaches) – "trucks" – February results showed a 53.9% increase in the EU, which totalled 21,815 units. All significant markets posted growths ranging from 40.8% in Spain to 50.9% in the UK, 57.1% in France and 64.1% in Germany.
From January to February, new truck registrations were up 53.6%. Growth prevailed in all major markets as the Netherlands expanded by 33.9%, Spain by 42.9%, the UK by 55.1%, France by 56.0% and Germany by 61.5%.