In April 2020, commercial vehicle registrations in the European Union declined by 67.0%, as most of Europe was under lockdown for the entire month, the latest official figures from ACEA show.
Total new commercial vehicles
In April 2020, commercial vehicle registrations in the European Union declined by 67.0%, as most of Europe was under lockdown for the entire month. Spain (-87.8%), Italy (-85.5%) and France (-82.4%) saw the biggest losses in April, as they were also among the countries with the most restrictive containment measures in place.
Four months into the year, EU demand for new commercial vehicles contracted by 34.5%, largely due to the impact of the coronavirus on March and April results. The region’s four major markets posted double-digit percentage drops so far this year: Spain (-46.6%), France (-41.6%), Italy (-41.4%) and Germany (-22.5%).
New light commercial vehicles (LCV) up to 3.5t
April results showed a sharp decline in registrations of light commercial vehicles across the EU. Demand for new vans fell by 69.6% to 46,264 units, or less than a third of the number of vans sold in April 2019. Double-digit declines were recorded in all EU markets last month, including the four major ones. Spain (-91.0%) and Italy (-89.9%) posted the biggest drops in van registrations.
From January to April, van demand in the European Union contracted by 35.1%. Light commercial vehicle registrations nearly halved in Spain (-49.1%), Italy (-44.5%) and France (-42.2%). Among the largest markets, Germany saw the least severe drop (-21.2%) so far this year.
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