ERJ staff report (DS)
Brussels - In December, new commercial vehicle registrations in the EU amounted to 166,739 units, or 7.5 percent more than in the same month of 2010, according to new data from the federation of EU vehicle makers (ACEA). Registrations grew in France (+2.5 percent), the UK (+13.4 percent) and Germany (+16.3 percent), while results were negative in Italy (-0.8 percent) and Spain (-14.2 percent).
Over the year 2011, a total of 1,935,392 new vehicles were registered. This is 9.9 percent more than in 2010 but still about one-fifth below pre-crisis levels when annual volumes averaged 2.5 million units. In 2011, France remained the largest market, with 482,823 new vehicles and an expansion of 5.6 percent. Germany registered 334,822 units, a growth of 18.7 percent, followed by the UK (+17.6 percent) with 306,488 new vehicles. The Italian (-3.4 percent) and the Spanish markets (-6.6 percent) contracted.
In December, heavy trucks recorded the highest increase across segments (+20.8 percent), with 19,482 new units in the EU. Spain (-4.1 percent) was the only major market to shrink. Over twelve months, all significant markets experienced growth. Overall, the EU recorded 236,512 new heavy trucks in 2011, which is 36.0 percent more than in the previous year.
In December, registrations of new vans grew by 5.4 percent in the EU. In total, 136,404 new vans were recorded in the month. From January to December, the EU recorded 1,586,255 new vans, or 7.0 percent more than in 2010.
December results in the medium truck segment showed a 20.5 percent upturn in the EU which recorded 26,846 units. From January to December, growth prevailed across major markets, leading to an overall 29.0 percent upturn. Demand for new trucks rose by 19.8 percent in Germany, 19.9 percent in Spain, 31.3 percent in the UK and 37.7 percent in France. A total amount of 315,447 vehicles was recorded in the EU.
In December, new bus and coach registrations grew by 2.6 percent in the EU. Cumulative results for the whole year showed a 0.7 percent slip in the region as markets performed diversely. France (+15.2 percent) and Spain (+10.3 percent) expanded, while Germany contracted by 3.4 percent and the UK by 16.4 percent.
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Press release from ACEA