EU market maintains momentum

In line with a widely positive performance last year, the EU market for new commercial vehicles kept growing during the first month of 2016.

According to new data by the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA), demand increased 12 per cent in January, totalling 159,712 units.

“[Especially] the truck and heavy truck segments saw significant growth,” ACEA found. “The heavy truck segment (up 18.4 per cent) … saw 21,989 new vehicles being registered.

“Most of the major EU markets contributed to this positive outcome, with Spain (+40 per cent), the UK (+33 per cent), Germany (+12.6 per cent) and France (+10.8 per cent) posting double-digit percentage gains, while the Italian heavy truck market faced a downturn (-1.3 per cent).

“Noteworthy are also the registration figures of Poland (+34.3 per cent) and the Netherlands (+23 per cent).”

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