European CV market shows growth in October

22 November 2018

22 November 2018

Following a slowdown in September, commercial vehicle sales picked up again in October, according to figures released by the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA).

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During the tenth month of 2018, registrations across the market grew by 6.9%, with all sectors performing positively. In the big five markets, all countries saw growth, except for Italy with sales falling by 13.2%. Germany saw the strongest increase with 16.9%, followed by the UK with 10.9%, France with 7.3% and Spain with 1.7%.

During the first ten months of the year, the European commercial vehicle market has increased by 3.9%, with over two million new vehicles registered across the continent. Spain has so far posted the highest growth in the region with a 7.9% upswing in sales, followed by France with growth of 5.4%, and Germany, where registrations are up by 5.4% as well. However, demand in Italy has fallen by 2.2%, the same amount as the UK.

EU demand for light commercial vehicles increased by 6% in October, almost entirely compensating for the losses in September. All five major markets, except Italy (down 16.6%), saw registrations rise substantially, especially Germany (15.0%) and the UK (14.1%).

From January to October 2018, demand for vans increased by 3.7% compared to 2017, totalling 1.7 million units registered. Looking at the biggest EU markets, Spain (8.8%), Germany (6.2%) and France (5.0%) continued to drive growth, while Italy and the United Kingdom performed worse than one year ago, by 4.5% and 1.6% respectively.

October 2018 registrations of heavy trucks saw a strong increase, with 7.7% more vehicles sold across the European Union. Results were diverse among the five key EU markets: demand fell again in Spain by 7.3%, and the UK by 9.9%, but heavy truck registrations increased significantly in Germany (18.6%), France (13.8%) and Italy (6.8%).

Ten months into the year, demand for heavy trucks is still strong, with 263,356 new vehicles registered so far this year, up 5.1% compared to 2017. The United Kingdom was the only major market to post a decline, with 7.4% fewer sales, while Italy (11.5%), France (10.2%), Germany (3.8%) and Spain (0.6%) all contributed positively to EU growth.

New medium and heavy commercial vehicle registrations in the EU posted the biggest increase since April this year during October, up 9.6%. Growth was largely driven by Germany (21.5%), France (12.1%) and Italy (10.9%), all of which posted double-digit gains, while demand contracted in the UK (down 6.4%) and Spain (down 5.2%).

Over the first ten months of the year, EU demand for new trucks went up by 5% to reach 323,107 units. Italy (10.2%), France (9.1%), Germany (3.5%) and Spain (2.1%) performed well, but new truck registrations declined in the United Kingdom (down 5.1%) so far this year.

October 2018 results for the bus and coach segment showed strong growth (+25.0%), marking the highest increase since November 2015. The Italian and German markets posted the biggest gains, 76.0% and 47.3% respectively, followed by the UK (23.2%), France (8.1%) and Spain (7.3%).

From January to October 2018, EU demand for new buses and coaches grew by 2.8% compared to one year ago, boosted by the excellent performance of most EU markets last month. Demand was strong in both Italy (38.7%) and France (8.2%). Nevertheless, bus and coach registrations fell in the UK (down 9.6%), Spain (down 2.4%) and Germany (down 0.4%), although at a slower pace than before.