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Commercial vehicle market increases strongly again in September

Berlin, 16 October 2016

Van market heading for all-time high / buses and trailers show double-digit growth

September saw another sharp rise in the number of commercial vehicles newly registered in Germany. The market recorded year-on-year growth of 5 percent, to 28,700 units. New registrations of buses and trailers showed a double-digit increase. This year so far (January to September), the market has totaled 264,800 units sold, i.e. 11 percent more than during the same period last year.

In September, growth again occurred in all commercial vehicle segments. Sales of heavy commercial vehicles over 6 tonnes rose by 5 percent to 7,600 vehicles. The large van segment up to 6 tonnes also added 5 percent, which took it to 20,700 new registrations. Furthermore, 420 new buses were registered last month – a rise of 14 percent.

Matthias Wissmann, President of the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA), stressed, “The demand for new trucks, buses and trailers in Germany remains keen. The commercial vehicle market continues to benefit from the healthy state of the domestic economy. In addition, the successful IAA Commercial Vehicles, with its many world premieres, is obviously also encouraging both manufacturers and customers.” Owing to the especially strong fourth quarter last year, the market will probably ease off somewhat in the remaining months. Wissmann added, “However, we still expect clear growth over the year as a whole. The van market is currently heading for a new all-time high. We expect 257,000 new registrations this year, an increase of 8 percent.” For heavy commercial vehicles Wissmann expects a rise of 4 percent to around 86,800 units.

New registrations of trailers showed double-digit growth once again in September. A total of 25,600 trailers were registered last month (+10 percent). This included 3,000 semitrailers (+11 percent). So far this year their sales have climbed by 6 percent to 237,300 trailers.

  September 2016 January - September 2016
Volume

±% 

Previous year

Volume

±% 

Previous year

New registrations 28,700 5 264,800 11
CV up to 6 t 20,700 5 194,400 13
CV up to 2 t 1,400 16 13,100 10
CV over 2 to 3,5 t 18,900 5 176,700 13
CV over 3,5 to 6 t 400 -13 4,600 5
CV over 6 t 7,600 5 65,800 7
CV over 6 to 16 t 2,100 2 16,100 4
CV over 16 t 5,500 6 49,700 8
Buses 400 14 4,500 14
Trailer 25,600 10 237,300 6
  Export
CV up to 6 t 23,100 -1 178,100 -1
  Production
CV up to 6 t 30,800 -1 236,000 -1
*) Estimate        
                    Last update: 18.10.2016
Eckehart Rotter
Eckehart Rotter Head of Department Press

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