Brussels, 28 April 2015 - In March 2015, demand for new commercial vehicles in the EU increased for the third consecutive month (+20.7%), marking the highest monthly growth since December 2013 and totalling 223,749 units
Total new Commercial Vehicles
In March 2015, demand for new commercial vehicles in the EU increased for the third consecutive month (+20.7%), marking the highest monthly growth since December 2013 and totalling 223,749 units. Growth was sustained across all segments of commercial vehicles. Spain (+67.6%), the UK (+25.6%), Germany (+13.1%), France (+11.1%) and Italy (+10.2%) all posted double‐digit growth, contributing to the overall expansion. In the first quarter of 2015, the EU market expanded by 13.3%, totalling 502,210 commercial vehicles. During the same period, Spain (+42.3%), the UK (+24.2%), Germany (+7.1%) and Italy (+7.0%) all posted growth, while France was the only major market to record a decline (‐0.5%).
New Light Commercial Vehicles up to 3.5t – vans
In March 2015, new registrations of light commercial vehicles totalled 189,319 units, or 20.5% more than in March 2014. This marked the nineteenth consecutive month of growth in this segment and the highest monthly growth since May 2011. Spain (+69.8%), the UK (+23.6%), Germany (+19.0%), France (+10.6%) and Italy (+6.1%) contributed positively to the upturn.
From January to March 2015, 419,142 new vans were registered in the EU or 13.6% more than in the same period last year. All major markets saw their demand for vans increase over this period, especially Spain (+44.5%), the UK (+22.3%) and Germany (+10.5%) which posted double-digit growth.
New Heavy Commercial Vehicles over 16t (excluding Heavy Buses & Coaches) – heavy trucks
March 2015 results showed a 27.9% increase in new heavy truck registrations, totalling 24,649 units. This positive outcome was mainly sustained by the significant growth recorded in the UK (+77.6%), Spain (+41.0%), Italy (+44.4%) and France (+22.1%). Noteworthy was the contribution of the new EU member states (+34.4%) to last month’s positive outcome. Over the first quarter, the EU market grew by 15.6%, reaching 60,408 units. The UK (+67.6%), Spain (+23.4%), Italy (+14.4%) and Germany (+3.9%) saw their demand for heavy trucks increase, while the French market declined by ‐6.6%. Impressive growth was also recorded in the Netherlands (+139.1%) during this period.
New Medium & Heavy Commercial Vehicles over 3.5t (excluding Buses & Coaches) – trucks
In March 2015, 30,603 new trucks were registered in the EU or 21.2% more than in March 2014. Among major markets the UK (+55.6%), Italy (+42.7%), Spain (+36.3%) and France (+14.9%) posted double‐digit growth, while Germany remained stable. Three months into the year, results for trucks were diverse, with France (‐8.6%) and Germany (‐1.0%) performing less well than in the same period last year, while Italy (+12.7%), Spain (+22.5%) and the UK (+45.1%) recorded a significant increase. Overall, the EU recorded 74,138 new trucks, or 10.7% more than in first quarter of 2014.
New Buses & Coaches over 3.5t
In March 2015, new bus and coach registrations increased (+33.1%) compared to March 2014. This was also due to the significant growth observed in the new EU member states (+33.6%). From January to March 2015, the EU market increased by 24.5%, totalling 8,930 new buses and coaches. Demand was driven primarily by Spain (+94.6%), the UK (+30.1%) and Italy (+15.6%).