EU commercial vehicle registrations up 13.7% in September
The latest data from the ACEA shows that registrations of new commercial vehicles rose by 13.7% in the EU in September, with all segments posting growth, except for buses.
Growth was also up YtD, with an increase of 6.0% across all categories, mainly supported by demand for vans. From January to September, a total of 1,300,429 new vehicles were registered in the EU.
Looking at light commercial vehicles up to 3.5t – “vans” – in September, new van registrations amounted to 141,713 units, or 14.6% more than in the same month last year. While the Italian market remained stable (-0.1%), the Spanish dropped by 2.8%, and the German (+20.6%), French (+21.7%) and British (+24.4%) performed similarly.
Nine months into the year, the EU registered 1,098,104 new vans across the EU, or 8.6% more than over the same period in 2009. In absolute figures, France was the largest market (+12.1%), followed by the UK (+18.3%), Germany (+12.5%), Italy (+10.2%) and Spain (+14.1%).
For heavy commercial vehicles over 16t (excluding Buses & Coaches) – “heavy trucks” – September results were boosted by growth in many of the major markets, including Spain (+18.2%), Germany (+29.6%), France (+43.4%) and Italy (+51.1%). Though registrations contracted in the UK (-14.3%) and the Netherlands (-11.2%), overall registrations in the EU increased by 20.4%.
From January to September, the EU totalled 120,152 new truck registrations, or 5.5% less than in the first nine months of 2009. Among the major markets, Germany (+7.3%) and Spain (+12.9%) performed better than last year. Italy (-7.7%), the UK (-13.8%), France (-14.7%) and the Netherlands (-30.5%) all faced a downturn.
For commercial vehicles over 3.5t (excluding Buses & Coaches) – “trucks” – registrations were up 12.7% in September, with Spain (+7.1%), Germany (+32.2%), France (+35.0%) and Italy (+38.3%) mainly contributing to the upturn. New registrations dropped in the Netherlands (-16.8%) and the UK (-29.0%). In total, 26,187 new trucks were registered in the month, or 12.7% more than in September 2009.
Three quarters into the year, Germany (+7.8%) and Spain (+6.2%) were the only major markets to post growth, leading to a general 4.9% downturn across the region. New truck registrations were down 8.8% in Italy, 12.0% in France, 15.3% in the UK and 29.1% in the Netherlands.