Commercial vehicle registrations in Europe have dropped by an overall 19.4 percent in 2020, a dip which has been felt in every country in the region. That year, France recorded the highest number of commercial vehicle sales. Close to 450,000 new vehicles were registered here during that time period.
France is in the lead for new commercial vehicle registrations
Not only are France, the United Kingdom, and Germany among the leading European markets in terms of new passenger car registrations, but they are also the most important markets in terms of commercial vehicle sales. France was the principal market for light commercial vehicles whereas Germany was at the top of the rankings for medium and heavy-duty truck and bus sales. Despite the record low sales of light goods vehicles in April 2020 linked to the Covid-19 pandemic, the United Kingdom remained a key market in terms of overall sales.
European manufacturers are key players in the region
France and Germany are home to key players in the commercial vehicle manufacturing market, including Renault and Daimler, as well as Volkswagen’s MAN and Scania. In the 2020 financial year, Daimler Trucks contributed close to 35 billion euros to the industry’s total revenue. A year earlier, Daimler represented some 22.4 percent of the medium and heavy commercial vehicle market in Europe, followed by MAN and Scania. French brands, by contrast, were the most popular of the light commercial vehicle segment.
Commercial vehicle sales in selected European countries in 2020
* ANFIA estimates This statistic includes figures for light vehicles weighing up to 3.5 metric tons, heavy and medium commercial trucks weighing over 3.5 metric tons, and buses or coaches over 3.5 metric tons.
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ACEA. (January 26, 2021). Commercial vehicle sales in selected European countries in 2020 (in units) [Graph]. In Statista. Retrieved January 29, 2022, from https://www.statista.com/statistics/247022/registration-of-trucks-in-europe/
ACEA. "Commercial vehicle sales in selected European countries in 2020 (in units)." Chart. January 26, 2021. Statista. Accessed January 29, 2022. https://www.statista.com/statistics/247022/registration-of-trucks-in-europe/
ACEA. (2021). Commercial vehicle sales in selected European countries in 2020 (in units). Statista. Statista Inc.. Accessed: January 29, 2022. https://www.statista.com/statistics/247022/registration-of-trucks-in-europe/
ACEA. "Commercial Vehicle Sales in Selected European Countries in 2020 (in Units)." Statista, Statista Inc., 26 Jan 2021, https://www.statista.com/statistics/247022/registration-of-trucks-in-europe/
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