European trucks sales grow 6.5% this year

Brussels, Belgium: Truck and van sales in the EU rose 8.5% in May, the fifth consecutive month of growth, according to figures from the European Automotive Manufacturers Association.

Demand was seen in all segments, with trucks and buses recording the highest increases. The region’s five largest markets were all up with the strongest gain in Germany up 24.7% and France up 12.6%.

From January to May 2019, the EU market for commercial vehicles grew by 6.5%, to 1.1 million new vehicles. Germany led this growth with a 14.7% increase, followed by the United Kingdom 7.9%, France 7.7%, Italy 3.9% and Spain 3.3%.

In May 2019, demand for heavy trucks rose by 21.2%) compared May 2018. Growth was driven by double-digit gains in France 35.3%, Germany 25.2% and Spain 14.1%. The United Kingdom and Italy followed with more modest increases of 6.2% and 5.0% respectively.

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