Total new commercial vehicles in the EU

August 2017 results show a slowdown in EU demand for commercial vehicles (-0.03%) after July’s upsurge (+4.0%). Over eight months in 2017, EU demand maintained momentum. With 1.6 million new commercial vehicles registered, the market went up by 3.7%, ACEA (European Automobile Manufacturers Association) rapports.

Spain had the strongest growth over the period (+15.3%), followed by France (+7.4%), Italy (+2.2%) and Germany (+1.8%). By contrast, demand for new commercial vehicles contracted by 2.6% in the United Kingdom.

  • New light commercial vehicles (LCV) up to 3.5 tonnes

In August 2017, registrations of new light commercial vehicles in the EU totalled 123,553 units – so, more or less stable when compared to August last year.

Eight months into the year, roughly 1.3 million new vans were registered in the European Union, up 4.3% compared to the same period one year ago. Spain (+17.1%), France (+8.0%) and Germany (+2.7%) performed well, the United Kingdom (-2.8%) was the only major market with falling demand.


  • New heavy commercial vehicles (HCV) over 16 tonnes

In August 2017, demand for heavy commercial vehicles declined slightly compared to one year ago. A total of 18,381 new heavy trucks were registered across the EU, 2.3% less than in August 2016.

So far in 2017, the EU market increased modestly (+1.2%), totalling 192,883 HCVs registered. Results were diverse among the major markets, with Italy recording the highest growth (+16.4%) despite a decline in August and demand remaining stable in Germany (-0.1%) and the United Kingdom (-0.2%).


  • New medium and heavy commercial vehicles (MHCV) over 3.5 tonnes

August 2017 figures show that EU demand for new trucks fell compared to August 2016 (-3.1%), reaching 23,476 units registered.

From January to August 2017, 239,739 new trucks were registered in the EU, only 0.8% more than last year. Just like in the HCV segment, Italy (+14.3%) and France (+5.1%) performed well, but truck registrations went down in Germany (-1.1%).


  • New medium and heavy buses & coaches (MHBC) over 3.5 tonnes             

In August 2017, 3,967 new buses and coaches were registered across the region, significantly up compared to August last year (+17.8%).

Over eight months in 2017, the EU bus and coach market grew by 3.2%, counting 26,318 new vehicles registered. Demand decreased in France (-11.4%) and the United Kingdom (-11.1%), but new bus and coach registrations went up in Italy (+43.1%), Spain (+18.0%) and Germany (+6.6%).