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European commercial vehicle registrations remain stable

European commercial vehicle (CV) registrations have remained stable year-to-date (YtD) with a modest growth of +3.3% over the first nine months and +0.6% in September 2017, ACEA data shows.

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LCV sales in Europe rose 4%, whereas the UK reduced by -3.1% YtD

Registrations of vans in September 2017 saw a rise of +2.1%, but demand for trucks and buses fell -6.5% and -9.9% respectively. Spain and Germany were the only markets among the five major EU countries to show noteworthy growth of +7.8% and +5.5% respectively. Italy saw a reduction of 1% and the United Kingdom -6%.

Of these results, light commercial vehicles (LCV) saw a slight increase in European demand of +2.1%, compared to just 0.1% in August 2017. The Spain and German markets remained the forerunners in Europe with +10.9% and +9.9% LCV growth respectively, whereas Italy saw a reduction in demand of -1.3%. LCV demand also fell by -4.2% in the United Kingdom.

Over the first nine months of the year, 1.8 million new vehicles were registered (+3.3%). Spain saw the most growth with +14.4%, then France +6.5% and Italy +1.6%. However, CV registrations in the UK have declined by -3.3% so far in 2017.

Of the 1.8 million new registered CVs, almost 1.48 million were LCVs – an increase of 4% YtD. As reflected in overall CV sales, Spain saw the greatest growth in the LCV market with +16.4%, France +7.1% and Germany +3.5%. The UK, on the other hand, was the only major market with a decline, of -3.1%.

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Written by Jonathan Musk

Jonathan turned to motoring journalism in 2013 having founded, edited and produced Autovolt - one of the UK's leading electric car publications. He has also written and produced books on both Ferrari and Hispano-Suiza, while working as an international graphic designer for the past 15 years. As the automotive industry moves towards electrification, Jonathan brings a near-unrivalled knowledge of EVs and hybrids to Fleet World Group.

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