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Light commercial vehicle sales in Europe by country: October YTD 2020

Between January and October 2020, France recorded the highest number of light commercial vehicle (LCV) sales with more than 320,000 vehicles sold. This figure represents a contraction of almost 20 percent on the previous year. Second-ranked UK sold some 237,000 units year-to-date, a decline of around 24 percent year-on-year. Meanwhile, Sweden suffered the biggest losses with a year-on-year slump of around 38 percent.

Delivery vehicles provide a lifeline in times of crisis

Light commercial vehicle sales slumped across Europe in 2020, especially between March and May, when the coronavirus pandemic brought parts of society to a standstill. Commercial vehicles are more likely to have a business-related customer base than cars. However, as online retail surged during the pandemic, the logistics industry emerged as a driver of light commercial vehicle demand. Europe’s second-largest light commercial vehicle market, the UK, saw record high registration figures in October 2020, with the Ford Transit Custom topping the charts as the best-selling light commercial vehicle in the UK.

Electrifying the light commercial vehicle fleet

Electric light commercial vehicles have the potential to significantly reduce the carbon emissions of the transportation industry. But passenger cars are electrified at a much faster rate than commercial vehicles. Major European manufacturers have indicated that model ranges will soon be available as fully electric. Electric vans are already cost competitive in some European nations. Norway is a world leader for the adoption of battery electric vehicles - the market share of plug-in LCVs in Norway doubled over the space of four years.

Light commercial vehicle sales in Europe between January and October 2019 and 2020, by country

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January through October 2020

Supplementary notes

Data for Malta unavailable.
Includes light buses and coaches.
The values for Ireland include light commercial vehicles with a weight rating of up to six metric tons.
The figures for Italy are ANFIA estimates.

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