EU truck and LCV markets show mixed results

Europe's market of new commercial vehicles in June expanded for the 10th consecutive month, according to the European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA) based in Brussels, Belgium.

Demand increased by 10.3 per cent, totalling 166,107 units with growth prevailing in the segment of light commercial vans (LCV), while the truck segment declined.

In June, demand for new registered LCV was 13.1 per cent higher than this time last year, with a total of 140,551 units registered in the EU. However, June results for new heavy commercial vehicles over 16 tonnes varied with France (-15.2 per cent) and the UK (-19.9 per cent) facing a downturn, while Germany (+21.0 per cent) and Spain (+37.1 per cent) posted double-digit growths.

Overall, the EU market remained stable (-0.7 per cent), totalling 17,692 new heavy commercial vehicle registrations. Over six months, the region registered 5.7 per cent more vehicles than in the same period last year, equating to 105,405 new heavy trucks.

Meanwhile the major markets, France (-6.7 per cent) and the UK (-26.5 per cent) performed less well than in the first half-year of 2013, while the Italian (+15.4 per cent), German (+19.4 per cent) and Spanish (+41.4 per cent) markets expanded.

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