EU commercial registrations up 7.5% year to date
Total registrations last month amounted to 160,495 new vehicles; 16.3% more than in the same month last year.
Year to date, all segment posted growth, except for buses and coaches, resulting in an overall 7.5% expansion of the EU market compared to the very low levels of last year.
Looking at new light commercial vehicles up to 3.5t – "vans" – registratons grew by 11.6% in November, totalling 132,670 units. In the major markets, the upturn ranged from +2.0% in Italy to +4.9% in Spain, +7.7% in France, +26.1% in the UK and 28.4% in Germany.
Eleven months into the year, vans recorded the strongest increase of all commercial vehicle segments (+8.7%) with 1,356,633 units registered. France was the largest market (+12.0%), before the UK (+19.3%), Germany (+14.5%), Italy (+7.7%) and Spain (+10.1%).
For new heavy commercial vehicles over 16t (excluding Buses & Coaches) – "heavy trucks" – November saw a strong increase of the heavy truck market (+69.8%, totalling 17,807 units) compared to the crisis-marked performance in 2009, with the UK posting a 152.2% growth, followed by Germany (+82.0%), France (+49.6%) and Spain (+47.4%). Italy was the only one to contract (-5.5%).
From January to November, registrations of heavy trucks were up 4.4%. The situation across the EU varied with Germany (+17.2%) and Spain (+21.4%) experiencing a double-digit growth while the UK (-1.4%) and France (-5.4%) saw their markets contract.
November results for new commercial vehicles over 3.5t (excluding Buses & Coaches) – "trucks" – were positive (+55.0%), with growth prevailing in most countries. Italy was the only significant market to decline (-1.0%). Elsewhere, the upturn ranged from +33.7% in Spain to +39.6% in France, +73.1% in Germany, 75.1% in Poland and +79.6% in the UK.
Cumulative results from January to November show an increase of 3.5% in new truck registrations. Poland (+32.2%), Germany (+16.8%) and Spain (+11.8%) positively contributed to the result while the UK (-4.2%), France (-4.5%) and Italy (-6.5%) faced a downturn.