Demand increased (+8.2%) in the first month of the year, totalling 173,614 units, ACEA reports. ACEA is in the European Automobile Manufacturers Association.
The EU’s five largest markets all posted gains in January, with Spain (+23.8%), Italy (+11.4%) and France (+10.3%) recording the highest growth rates.
Light commercial vehicles (LCV) up to 3.5 tonnes
New registrations of vans totalled 142,864 units, 9.3% more than in January 2016. All major markets contributed positively to this upturn.
Heavy commercial vehicles (HCV) over 16 tonnes
January 2017 results show a modest, yet positive, uplift in the heavy truck segment (+3.9%), with 23,195 new vehicles registered.
Medium and heavy commercial vehicles (MHCV) over 3.5 tonnes
Trucks registrations were similar to the heavy truck segment. Overall, 27,885 new trucks were registered in the European Union.
Medium and heavy buses & coaches (MHBC) over 3.5 tonnes
January 2017 results of the bus and coach segment were diverse. France (‐17.2%) and Spain (-9.4%) saw demand fall, while Italy (+46.9%) and Germany (+13.5%) posted double‐digit growth. Overall, new bus and coach registrations grew modestly (+2.9%) across the region.