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.