European truck registrations up 2.5% in 2019

Brussels, Belgium: European Union demand for new commercial vehicles expanded by 2.5% in 2019, the seventh consecutive year of growth, according to data from the ACEA.

Each of the major markets ended the year on a positive note: Germany up 6.1%, France up 4.3%), the United Kingdom up 3.0%), Italy up 1.9%) and Spain up 0.3%)

In December 2019, commercial vehicle registrations increased by 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 in December.

Both France up 7.4% and the United Kingdom up 7.1% posted growth in December, but registrations fell in Spain by 8.3%, Italy by 4.0% and in Germany by 1.7%.

Sales of new heavy commercial vehicles over 16-tonnes, a barometer of general economic performance, in December 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. Germany down 20.4%, the United Kingdom down 15.4% and France down 11.9%.

In 2019, heavy-truck registrations across the EU remained more or less stable compared to 2018 due to the growth recorded in the first half of 2019. With the exception of Italy down 7.7%, all key markets posted gains last year: the UK up 9.2%, Spain up 2.8%), France up 2.1% and Germany up 1.9%.

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