European heavy vehicle market still volatile in July and August

According to the European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA), demand for new commercial vehicle in the Eurozone was slightly up in July, while August saw a 4.4 per cent downturn in the whole region.

Reportedly, the 2.8 per cent rise in July is mainly due to a calendar effect, as the month counted on average one more working day across the EU compared to July 2012.

France (+3.2 per cent), Germany (+4.0 per cent) and Spain (+25.8 per cent) contributed positively to the overall upturn, while the UK market slipped by 0.9 per cent, and the Italian shrank by 13.3 per cent.

In August, Spain (+10.3 per cent) and the UK (+15.3 per cent) performed better than in the same month last year, but negative results in France (-5.4 per cent), Germany (-8.5 per cent) and Italy (-19.5 per cent) led to a 4.4 per cent downturn in the whole region.


From January to August, new commercial vehicle registrations decreased by 5.5 per cent in the EU, compared to the same period a year earlier. The UK was the only market to post growth (+6.7 per cent), while Spain (-0.5 per cent), France (-7.6 per cent), Germany (-8.2 per cent) and Italy (-18.5 per cent) all saw their market contract.

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