25 Apr 2019


In March 2019, commercial vehicle registrations increased for the third consecutive month (+4.1%) and +5.1% over the first quarter of 2019 as ACEA reports in her monthly update. With the exception of buses and coaches, all segments contributed to last month’s growth. In March 2019, EU demand for buses and coaches dropped sharply (‐4.9%), with the major EU markets posting strong declines. Double‐digit drops were recorded in Germany (‐30.0%), the United Kingdom (‐19.4%) and France (‐7.5%) last month.

Three months into the year, registrations of new buses and coaches increased only slightly (+0.4%). Demand was sustained by the Central European markets (+26.0%), given that all key Western European markets − except for France (+14.3%) − contracted so far this year.

In the first quarter of 2019, the EU market for commercial vehicles expanded by 5.1%. Germany posted double‐digit gains (+12.8%), followed by the UK (+8.9%), France (+4.4%) and Spain (+3.1%). Italy, however, saw a slight decline in demand (‐0.5%). In total, 654,657 new commercial vehicles were registered across the region from January to March 2019.

In March 2019, the van segment recorded the strongest growth, with registrations increasing by 4.6% to 230,787 units. Germany and the UK drove this increase (+11.3% and +10.6% respectively) to a large extent, although the Spanish market also expanded by 7.0%. However, demand contracted in both Italy (‐2.1%) and France (‐0.7%) last month. Three months into the year, registrations of light commercial vehicles grew by 5.0%, counting 544,085 units in total.

March 2019 registrations of heavy trucks 16t and over, saw a modest increase (+2.1%). Growth was sustained by the United Kingdom (+10.5%), Germany (+4.8%) and France (+3.8%), while demand fell in Spain (‐11.8%) and Italy (‐7.9%). From January to March 2019, 82,993 new heavy trucks were registered across in the EU, or 5.5% more than the year before.

During the third month of 2019, demand for new medium and heavy commercial vehicles (MHCV) trucks continued to expand (+2.1%). Results were diverse among the five key EU markets, with the UK (+11.7%), France (+4.5%) and Germany (+4.2%) posting growth, but Spain (‐13.2%) and Italy (‐11.0%) facing strong declines. So far in 2019, the EU truck market grew by 5.7% to reach 100,708 units in total.

ACEA is the European Automobile Manufacturers Association.

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