In June 2022, EU commercial vehicle registrations tumbled by 22.5% compared to June
2021, counting 144,210 units. This fall is mainly due to the drop in sales of new vans (this
segment accounts for 80% of total commercial vehicle registrations), which offset the growth
in truck registrations. The four largest markets in the EU suffered double–digit losses: Spain
(–26.9%), Germany (–26.1%), Italy (–21.3%) and France (–20.9%).
During the first half of 2022, European Union commercial vehicle registrations retreated
(–20.3%), as most EU markets recorded declines, including the four major ones: Spain
(–30.4%), France (–22.1%), Germany (–18.8%) and Italy (–10.3%).
NEW LIGHT COMMERCIAL VEHICLES (LCV) UP TO 3.5T
Registrations of light commercial vehicles in the EU saw another decrease in June (–26.8%),
with 115,080 units sold. The key markets in the region all contributed to the weak overall
result by posting declines. Spain witnessed the highest percentage loss (–32.4%), followed
by Germany (–31.6%), Italy (–25.3%) and France (–21.9%).
From January to June, the EU market for new light commercial vehicles shrank by 23.9%,
totalling 653,731 units. The negative cumulative result is reflected in all four key markets
across the EU: Spain (–35.4%), France (–24.4%), Germany (–22.1%) and Italy (–11.6%).
NEW HEAVY COMMERCIAL VEHICLES (HCV) OF 16T AND OVER
In June, registrations of new heavy trucks grew by 4.6% across the European Union,
reaching 22,482 units. The four major markets in western Europe recorded mixed
performances. Spain posted the highest percentage gain (+30.8%), followed by Italy
(+10.2%). By contrast, France posted a decrease by 8.2%. Germany on the other hand
remained stable (+0.1%). Poland – which is the largest market for heavy trucks in Central
Europe – contributed to the positive performance of the region by posting a double–digit
Six months into 2022, new heavy truck sales in EU saw modest growth (+0.4%), totalling
128,501 units, benefitting from the positive performances of the last two months.
Nonetheless, the four major markets in the region showed various results. Spain and France
posted gains (+5.9% and +2.6% respectively), whilst Germany recorded negative growth
(–3.3%). Italy remained unchanged compared to June 2021.
NEW MEDIUM AND HEAVY COMMERCIAL VEHICLES (MHCV) OVER 3.5T
Last month, the truck segment grew by 2.2% to 26,736 units registered in the EU. Among
the four major markets Spain saw the biggest percentage gain (+25.6%). Italy witnessed a
more modest increase (+5.0%). France and Germany on the other hand recorded losses
(–10.9% and –4.2% respectively).
Throughout the first half of 2022, medium and heavy commercial vehicle registrations in
the EU contracted by 2.5%. With the exception of Spain (+5.1%), all major markets recorded
declines: Germany (–7.6%), France (–1.5%) and Italy (–1.1%).
NEW MEDIUM AND HEAVY BUSES & COACHES (MHBC) OVER 3.5T
In June, registrations of new buses and coaches in the EU went down by 8.7%. Despite this
fall, some markets in the region witnessed triple–digit gains, with Portugal recording the
highest increase (+953.1%).
So far in 2022, new bus registrations across the EU expanded by 2.8%, thanks to the strong
boost provided in March and May. Among the four key markets in the region, Spain posted
the strongest result (+46.2%). France remained stable (+0.2%), whilst Germany and Italy
retreated (–20.5% and –10.5% respectively).