Growth of 4.5 percent in September for EU commercial vehicle registrations image

According to data released by the European Association of Automobile Manufacturers (EAAM), commercial vehicle registrations in the European Union reported last September, a growth of 4.5%, strongly sustained by the increased car registrations from Spain (+4.7%), Germany (+7.7%) and the UK (+8.7%), while new registrations in France decreased (-3.5%).

On the first nine months, all the markets grew, from a minimum of 5.2% in France to 18.6% in the UK and 21.2% in Germany, for a total of 11.1% upturn in the region (1,436,453 units). Spain was the only country that performed weaker than last year, with a decrease of 5,3% in commercial registration.

Regarding light vehicles up to 3.5 tones (vans), registrations were up with 3,3% in September compared to the same month in 2010, with a total of 143,086 units. Markets expanded in this segment for Spain (+6.0%), Germany (+8.6%) and the UK (+9.4%), while France faced a 6.9% downturn. In the first nine months, there were registered a total of 1,177,250 new units, 7.7% more than in the first nine months of 2010, with active markets like UK (18.5%) and Germany (19.1%), while France grew only by 1.8% and Spain decreased by 9.0%.

Another segment analyzed was that of heavy commercial vehicles over 16 tones (excluding Buses & Coaches), heavy trucks registered an increase of 16.6% in September, with 175,527 new registrations. All the major markets registered growth, starting with 11.4% in Spain and the UK, to 12.4% in Germany and 24.8% in France. For the first 9 months of the year, all the European markets were increasing, except Greece (-58.5%), totalizing a 44.3% increase in registrations of heavy trucks in the region.

In the commercial segment of more than 3.5 tonnes (excluding Buses & Coaches), truck registrations increased 13% in the EU. All important markets registered growth, starting 7.3% in Germany, 10.4% in the UK, 13.3% in Spain and 25.8% in France. Cumulative results for the first nine months showed 234,108 units increase in new truck registration, with 34,8% more than previous year. Important growth percentage was registered in Spain (+25.5%), Germany (+27.8%), the UK (+31.0%) and France (+45.9%).

The only segment that declined in September was that of buses and coaches (-10.2%). All major markets were retreating, except France (+70.0%). From January until September, demand for new buses and coaches was down 2.7%, with mixed values across markets. France (+10.7%) and Spain (+20.4%) registered more vehicles than in the same period last year, while Germany slightly contracted (-1.4%) and the UK (-27.8%) faced a more important decrease.