CV registrations rise 13.2% in EU in June
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.
Looking at 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%).
Moving on to 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%)
Finally, for 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.