ERJ staff report (DS)
Brussels -- In January, new commercial vehicle registrations in the European Union amounted to 123,527 units, or 12.3 percent
less than in January 2009; the 21st decline in a row according to data from ACEA. The category of heavy trucks was the most affected (-43.5 percent). France (+0.7 percent), Sweden (+4.7 percent), Italy (+8.4 percent), Ireland (+10.9 percent) and Portugal (+12.3 percent) were the only countries to start the year in the plus.
New registrations of trucks dropped by 40.0 percent in January. With the exception of Lithuania (+15.6 percent), all markets
contracted. Slovakia (-7.5 percent) and Spain (-8.0 percent) managed a single-digit contraction while the remaining markets
decreased from -13.1 percent (Poland) to -70.3 percent (Bulgaria). Looking at the major markets, the downturn ranged from
-8.0 percent in Spain to -34.7 percent in Germany, -40.1 percent in France, -48.7 percent in Italy and -48.8 percent in the UK. Germany
remained the largest market, registering 4,185 new trucks. In total, 15,756 new trucks were registered in the EU.
January results for vans were down 5.2 percent compared to last year, totaling 105,522 new vans. Among the major markets,
only France (+7.5 percent) and Italy (+21.8 percent) expanded. Germany and the UK were down 1.8 percent while the Spanish
market contracted by 4.2 percent. The sharpest downturn was recorded in Romania (-90.3 percent) and the largest increase
posted in Ireland (+27.7 percent).
In January, 2,249 buses and coaches were registered, or 30.9 percent less than last year. The UK (-32.3 percent) registered
the most vehicles, followed by France (-29.2 percent), Germany (-20.0 percent), Italy (-1.3 percent) and Spain (-23.6 percent).
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Press release from ACEA