23 Jan 2020


In 2019, new bus and coach registrations expanded by +1.8% in the European Union, despite the negative performance of the segment during the second half of the year, reports ACEA. The monthly update by the organization on December last year shows a modest increase (+1.2%) in the demand in the EU for buses and coaches, ending the negative trend that started in July.

According to ACEA the five big markets still posted diverse results in December. France and the UK saw exceptional growth in the last month of the year (+69.6% and +41.8% respectively), while sales declined sharply in Spain (-31.8%) and Germany (-15.7%). In 2019, the second half of the year showed a negative performance of the segment. Despite this, bus and coach registrations expanded by +1.8% in the European Union. ACEA states this is partly due to a strong boost by the Central European countries of +5.1% to the full-year total. Among the major Western European markets, only France (+8.8%) made a positive contribution to the region’s growth.

Overall December 2019 was a good month for commercial vehicle (CV) registrations with an increase of 5.7% in the European Union, ending three months of decline. Demand was largely driven by the van segment, which accounted for over 86% of all CV registrations last month. Looking at the biggest markets, results were mixed. Both France (+7.4%) and the United Kingdom (+7.1%) posted growth in December, but registrations fell in Spain (-8.3%), Italy (-4.0%) and Germany (-1.7%).

Overall in 2019, EU demand for new commercial vehicles expanded by +2.5%, marking the seventh consecutive year of growth. Each of the major markets ended the year on a positive note: Germany (+6.1%), France (+4.3%), the United Kingdom (+3.0%), Italy (+1.9%) and Spain (+0.3%). The EU truck market ended the year positive (+0.9%), despite the slowdown observed in the second half of the year. The United Kingdom (+9.5%), Germany (+4.2%), France (+1.5%) and Spain (+1.1%) all performed better than in 2018. Italy (-7.6%) was the only key market with falling demand.

December 2019 results of the heavy-duty segment (16t and over) were 13.6% lower than the same month in 2018, making it the sixth consecutive month of falling demand in 2019. The main reason for this downturn is the introduction of new, obligatory tachographs in heavy trucks from 15 June 2019. As a result, the major EU markets performed worse than the year before.

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