The EU commercial vehicle market performed well in July, August and the first eight months of 2019, according to the latest figures by the European Automobile Manufacturers' Association.
Total new commercial vehicles
In July and August 2019, commercial vehicle registrations increased significantly (+6.2% and +11.0%, respectively), marking eight consecutive months of growth in the EU. The UK (+29.8%) and Germany (+13.0%) saw the strongest gains last month, while Spanish (-2.6%) and French (-1.9%) sales slowed down compared to August 2018.
Over the first eight months of 2019, EU demand for new commercial vehicles grew by 6.5%, with more than 1.7 million vehicles registered across the region. Germany led this growth with an increase of 13.6%, followed by the UK (+11.3%), France (+6.5%), Italy (+4.3%) and Spain (+2.1%).
New light commercial vehicles (LCV) up to 3.5t
In August 2019, registrations of light commercial vehicles showed solid growth, up 17.5% compared to the year before. With the exception of Spain, each of the five big EU markets posted positive results in August, especially the United Kingdom (+41.0%) and Germany (+19.0%) – both of which saw double-digit gains last month.
Eight months into the year, the EU market for new vans expanded by 6.2% thanks to very strong demand during the summer months of July and August. The EU’s five major markets performed well so far this year: Germany (+14.0%), the UK (+11.3%), France (+6.2%), Italy (+6.1%) and Spain (+2.4%).