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German commercial vehicle market sets new record for 2016

Berlin, 20 January 2017

New registrations in 2016 up by 7 percent to 357,300 vehicles

The German commercial vehicle market grew strongly in the year just ended. New registrations were up by 7 percent to 357,300 units, which was a new record for the market. The expansion continued up to the year’s end, with the December figures climbing 3 percent to 31,500 new commercial vehicle registrations.

The large-volume van segment in particular produced very good results. Sales of light commercial vehicles up to 6 tonnes in Germany rose by 8 percent in 2016 to 264,500 units. This means that the van market also set a new record. In December 24,100 units were registered (+4 percent). The market is expected to maintain this record level in 2017.

The market for heavy trucks over 6 tonnes also recorded good growth and produced its best result since the boom year of 2008. In all, 86,100 heavy trucks were newly registered – a rise of a good 3 percent. Starting at this high level, further slender growth may be expected for 2017.

VDA President Matthias Wissmann commented: “2016 was a good year for the German commercial vehicle market. Sales reached their highest level and actually broke the previous record dating from 1992, when we had a strong reunification boom. The dynamic business in commercial vehicles reflects the current healthy general state of the economy. Added to which, the van market in particular continues to benefit from the flourishing online trade.”

Alongside light and heavy trucks, buses are also still in great demand. Sales of buses rose by 9 percent in 2016 to reach 6,700 vehicles. That is the highest figure for more than 20 years. Wissmann said, “The deregulation of long-distance bus services in Germany has helped boost business in buses as an environmentally-friendly mode of long-distance transport. This is demonstrated by the registration figures that have made a quantum leap since 2013.”

Demand for trailers also rose sharply last year. A total of 294,400 trailers were newly registered (+5 percent). Within this segment, the semi-trailers showed especially keen growth of 9 percent to 34,400 units.

  December 2016 January - December 2016
Commercial vehicles Volume Change
16/15 in %
Volume Change
16/15 in %
New registrations 31.500 3 357.300 7
     CV up to 6 t 24.100 4 264.500 8
          CV up to 2 t 2.100 23 18.200 9
          CV over 2 to 3,5 t 21.300 3 239.900 8
          CV over 3,5 to 6 t 700 11 6.400 2
     CV over 6 t 6.500 0 86.100 3
          CV over 6 to 16 t 2.000 -14 22.200 -1
          CV over 16 t 4.400 9 63.900 5
     Buses 900 -2 6.700 9
     Trailers 15.700 9 294.400 5
        Semi-trailers 2.100 11 34.400 9
Export
     CV up to 6 t 19.700 8 239.900 -2
Production
     CV up to 6 t 23.500 4 315.700 -3
Eckehart Rotter
Eckehart Rotter Head of Department Press

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