CV registrations up 8.7% in 2010, reports ACEA
The organisation's data shows that a total of 1,488,848 commercial vehicles were registered during 2010. Figures for December also shows that demand continued to increase, up by 12.5%.
Looking at the figures for new light commercial vehicles up to 3.5t – "vans" – in December, new van registrations were up 8.4%. Germany (+33.6%), the UK (+21.9%) and France (+6.4%) contributed most to the upturn. Italy and Spain saw their markets decrease by 7.1% and 2.7% respectively.
Over 2010, registrations of new vans amounted to 1,488,848 units, or 8.7% more than in 2009. All majors markets posted growth, ranging from +6.2% in Italy to 8.8% in Spain, 11.5% in France, 16.0% in Germany and 19.5% in the UK. The steepest downturn was recorded in Slovakia (-56.0%) while the Swedish market expanded the most (+38.3%).
For new heavy commercial vhicles over 16t (excluding Buses & Coaches) – "heavy trucks" – this segment posted the strongest increase in December (+70.2%) coming from the low levels recorded in December 2009 (-39.4%). All major markets posted growth. Germany remained the largest one with 4,496 heavy trucks registered, followed by France (2,842 units), the UK (2,220), Spain (960) and Italy (904).
From January to December, demand for heavy trucks grew by 8.4% in the EU, sustained by the Spanish (+22.1%), German (+21.4%) and British (+5.0%) markets. Italy (-3.4%) and France (-1.4%) performed slightly less well in 2010 than in 2009.
For new commercial vhicles over 3.5t (excluding Buses & Coaches) – "trucks" – in December, registrations increased by 47.8% in the EU. Looking at the largest markets, France (+50.9%), the UK (+51.6%) and Germany (+57.4%) performed similarly, posting strong growths. Italy and Spain expanded by 18.6% and 15.0% respectively.
Over 2010, a total of 249,869 new trucks were registered in the EU*, or 6.4% more than in 2009. Results were mixed across countries as registrations slipped by 0.8% and 0.9% in the UK and France, while they were down 5.0% in Italy and up 12.1% and 19.7% in Spain and Germany respectively.