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German truck market has strong first quarter

Berlin, 14 April 2017

Double-digit growth in March

The German commercial vehicle market recorded a strong first quarter. New registrations of commercial vehicles from January to March showed a marked 7 percent rise to 87,800 units. In March growth even reached double-figures, with 17 percent more commercial vehicles registered than in the same month last year, i.e. 37,500. Yet it should be remembered that March this year had two working days more than March 2016.

Results in the van segment continued to soar. Sales of light-duty commercial vehicles up to 6 tonnes rose by 8 percent in the first quarter to a total of 64,500 vehicles. Last month 27,500 vans were sold, pushing year-on-year growth to 18 percent.

In the heavy-duty segment over 6 tonnes, first-quarter growth came to 5 percent, with 21,600 new vehicles registered. In March 9,300 heavy trucks were registered – a rise of 15 percent.

The bus market was also booming. Sales from January to March expanded by 13 percent to reach 1,600 units. In March 700 new buses were registered (+22 percent). New trailer registrations also increased. In the first quarter 74,100 trailers were registered (+13 percent), including 9,800 semitrailers (+11 percent).

Production of light-duty commercial vehicles climbed again in March (+15 percent). Exports added 8 percent. In the first quarter of this year production dropped to 76,500 and exports were down to 56,900 vehicles. The decreases were due to a model change and the ramp-up of production in Poland at the end of 2016.

  March 2017 January - March 2017
Commercial vehicles Volume ±5% Last year Volume ±5% Last year
New registrations*) 37.542 17 87.806 7
     CV up to 6 t 27.491 18 64.527 8
          CV up to 2 t 1.725 11 4.564 12
          CV over 2 to 3,5 t 25.187 19 58.620 9
          CV over 3,5 to 6 t 579 -3 1.343 -12
     CV over 6 t 9.347 15 21.643 5
          CV over 6 to 16 t 2.168 17 4.817 3
          CV over 16 t 7.179 15 16.826 5
     Buses 704 22 1.636 13
     Trailers 36.728 20 74.073 13
        Semi-trailers 3.844 24 9.815 11
         Caravan 3.169 13 5.071 8
Export
     CV up to 6 t 23.400 8 56.900 -8
Production
     CV up to 6 t 31.870 15 76.500 -5
*) in part provisionally
Eckehart Rotter
Eckehart Rotter Head of Department Press

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