VDA expects new sales record for 2018
The German commercial vehicle market again demonstrated welcome growth in August, totaling 33,500 newly registered vehicles (+12 percent). Bernhard Mattes, President of the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA), emphasized, “That is good news just before the opening of the most important trade fair for transport, logistics and mobility, the 67th IAA Commercial Vehicles in Hannover. It means that domestic sales have hit the highest August volume ever.” Year-to-date new commercial vehicle registrations come to 250,700 units, which is a good 4 percent up on last year’s figure. “For 2018 as a whole, we expect expansion of nearly 2 percent to 375,000 units, which will be another record following the one in 2017,” Mattes said.
The light commercial vehicle segment up to 6 tonnes recorded double-digit growth last month. New registrations of vans added 13 percent to reach a total of 25,700 units. During the first eight months of 2018, new registrations came to 187,200 – a rise of a good 5 percent. The main factor driving the growth is the booming online and mail-order business.
New registrations of heavy commercial vehicles over 6 tonnes in August also exceeded last year’s level by a large margin, with 7,300 heavy-duty trucks sold (+7 percent). The total number from January to August expanded by 2 percent to 59,300 vehicles.
August sales of buses showed an especially strong rise of 24 percent to around 600 vehicles. Accumulated new registrations since the beginning of 2018 total 4,200 buses, almost equaling the level from the same period last year (-4 percent).
New registrations of all trailers lost 3 percent in August, falling to 25,100 units. However, the number of semi-trailers soared by 16 percent and reached 3,000 units. From January to August 27,500 trailers were sold (+11 percent).
|August 2018||January - August 2018|
|Commercial vehicles||Volume||± in %||Volume||± in %|
|CV up to 6 t||25.686||13||187.205||5|
|CV up to 2 t||1.892||21||13.492||11|
|CV over 2 to 3,5 t||23.311||12||170.012||5|
|CV over 3,5 to 6 t||483||16||3.701||5|
|CV over 6 t||7.256||7||59.326||2|
|CV over 6 to 16 t||1.834||1||14.026||0|
|CV over 16 t||5.422||10||46.300||3|