By John Simpson 26 July 2011
It has been an encouraging six months for CV sales across Europe with registrations up by 13.5% overall, according to the European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA).
A total of 1,001,579 commercial vehicles have been shifted so far this year with Britain more than playing its part after 17 consecutive month-on-month rises [link].
Spain was the only European country contract overall during the first half of 2011 (-8.4%) while data from Italy, Malta and Cyprus was unavailable.
Light Commercial Vehicles made up the bulk of CV sales with 826,268 LCVs being sold between January and the end of June. This marked a 9.4% increase on the number of LCVs sold this time last year.
The French have flogged the lion’s share with 222,722 units while the UK claimed runner-up with 133,238 units.
Heavy CVs (16 tonnes or over) have also performed well so far this year, selling 119,745 which equated to 55% more than in the first half of 2010. This was helped by the UK’s unrivalled performance in this sector, with a growth of 64% on last year.
26,187 CVs over 3.5 tonnes were also sold before July, marking an increase of 21.3%.
Bus and coach registrations were the only CVs to report a weaker performance on the first half of 2010 with a contraction of 14.3%.
Earlier this month, Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive, commented on the strides taken by CV sales in Britain.
He said: “June saw the 17th successive monthly rise for new van registrations, up by 13% in the month, demonstrating business confidence and commitment in the commercial vehicle market.
“Truck figures also rose, up by 7%, the ninth successive monthly rise. Again, articulated trucks saw the most robust growth in the month and year-to-date figures for almost every sector were up significantly on 2010.”
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