In May 2019, commercial vehicle registrations continued to increase in the EU (+8.5%), marking the fifth consecutive month of growth, according to the latest figures from the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA).

Total new commercial vehicles

In May 2019, commercial vehicle registrations continued to increase in the EU (+8.5%), marking the fifth consecutive month of growth. Demand was sustained across all segments, with trucks and buses recording the highest percentage increases. The region’s five largest markets contributed positively to this result. Germany (+24.7%) and France (+12.6%) saw the strongest gains last month.

From January to May 2019, the EU market for commercial vehicles grew by 6.5%, counting 1.1 million new vehicles in total. Germany led this growth with a 14.7% increase, followed by the UK (+7.9%), France (+7.7%), Italy (+3.9%) and Spain (+3.3%).

New light commercial vehicles (LCV) up to 3.5t

Last month, EU demand for vans remained positive, up 5.8% compared to one year ago. With the exception of Spain, all major EU markets recorded solid growth in May. Germany (+23.5%) showed the highest increase again, while France (+9.5%), the UK (+5.4%) and Italy (+5.1%) followed with single-digit percentages.

Five months into the year, registrations of new light commercial vehicles grew by 5.9% to reach 908,291 vehicles sold. Each of the largest markets made a positive contribution to the region's overall performance: Germany (+14.7%), the UK (+7.5%), France (+6.9%), Italy (+6.0%) and Spain (+3.8%).

New medium and heavy commercial vehicles (MHCV) over 3.5t

May 2019 results show that demand for new trucks went up significantly last month (+21.6%). So far in 2019, the EU truck market expanded by 9.6% to reach 176,548 units in total. Germany (+15.9%), the UK (+15.3%) and France (+13.9%) were the main drivers of this growth.

New heavy commercial vehicles (HCV) of 16t and over

In May 2019, demand for new heavy trucks grew significantly (+21.2%) compared to May 2018, counting 31,910 units registered. Growth was driven by double-digit gains in France (+35.3%), Germany (+25.2%) and Spain (+14.1%). The UK (+6.2%) followed with a more modest increase.

From January to May 2019, 143,694 heavy trucks were registered across in the European Union, or 8.6% more than during the same period in 2018. The UK (+17.6%), Germany (+14.8%) and France (+14.5%) posted strong increases.