September 2018 saw a decline in commercial vehicle registrations after 5 months of consecutive growth. Demand fell by 5.2% last month, mainly due to a drop in registrations of new vans.
Total new commercial vehicles
Except for Germany (+1.1%), all major EU markets recorded lower figures. Italy posted the highest decline (-17.8%), followed by Spain (-9.6%), the United Kingdom (-6.1%) and France (-1.6%).
Over the first three quarters of 2018, growth remained positive despite September's decline. So far in 2018 demand increased by 3.6%, with 1.8 million commercial vehicles registered across the EU. Spain showed the highest growth rate (+8.7%), followed by France (+5.2%) and Germany (+4.0%). Demand in Italy and the UK, on the other hand, contracted by 0.5% and 3.5% respectively.
New light commercial vehicles (LCV) up to 3.5t
In September 2018, EU demand for light commercial vehicles fell by 6.0%, mainly driven by a decline in most Western European countries. Four out of five major EU markets shrank substantially and Italy (-20.5%) and Spain (-9.3%) in particular. Last month, demand for new vans only increased in Germany (+2.7%).
From January to September 2018, demand for vans increased by 3.5% compared to 1 year ago, reaching 1.5 million units registered. Results were diverse among the five key EU markets. The United Kingdom (-3.0%) and Italy (-2.7%) posted declines, while Spain (+9.5%), Germany (+5.1%) and France (+4.7%) performed very well.
New heavy commercial vehicles (HCV) of 16t and over
September 2018 registrations in the heavy truck segment were similar to last year, with a total of 26,036 units sold in the EU. Among the major markets, demand fell in Spain (-11.7%) and the UK (-6.8%), but heavy truck registrations increased in France (+7.5%) and Italy (+1.0%).
Nine months into the year, demand for new heavy trucks remained positive. 231,894 new vehicles were registered so far this year, or 4.5% more than in 2017. The United Kingdom (-7.9%) was the only key market to show a decline, while Italy (+12.2%), France (+9.7%), Spain (+2.3%) and Germany (+2.2%) all contributed positively to growth.
New medium and heavy commercial vehicles (MHCV) over 3.5t
In September 2018, new truck registrations slowed down (-1.1%) after 3 months of consecutive growth. Demand in almost all major EU markets contracted in September, with the exception of France (+7.3%). Spain saw the highest percentage drop (-13.1%).
Over the first 9 months of the year, EU demand for new trucks went up by 4.3% to reach 284,813 registrations. Italy (+10.2%), France (+8.7%), Spain (+3.4%) and Germany (+1.5%) all posted solid figures, although new truck registrations did fall in the United Kingdom (-5.7%).
New medium and heavy buses & coaches (MHBC) over 3.5t
In September 2018, new bus and coach registrations were 3.1% lower than 1 year ago, counting 3,706 units. The United Kingdom (-12.9%), Germany (-7.4%), Spain (-5.9%) and France (-2.4%) faced lower demand last month, but the Italian market posted a substantial increase (+43.2%).
From January to September 2018, EU demand for buses and coaches increased only slightly compared to one year ago (+0.9%), largely sustained by the excellent performance of the new EU member states (+15.5%). Registrations increased significantly in both Italy (+35.6%) and France (+8.2%), but the market contracted in the UK (-12.4%), Germany (-3.9%) and Spain (-3.5%).