Light commercial vehicle market in Europe - statistics & facts

In European markets, manufacturers sell between two and three million units of commercial vehicles annually. Light commercial vehicles account for over 80 percent of total commercial vehicle sales in European markets. France is the leading market for commercial vehicle sales of all types in Europe, with light commercial vehicles accounting for 88 percent of the sales tally.

Small businesses and e-commerce are key drivers of growth

The market for light commercial vehicles was thriving on increased business activities in Europe's e-commerce sector. However, this alone was unable to offset a slump in demand from other sectors during the coronavirus crisis in Europe, leading to a dip in light commercial vehicle sales of more than 20 percent as of October 2020.

Leading brands

Ford is Europe's best-selling light commercial vehicle brand in terms of sales with Renault, Volkswagen, and Mercedes the runner-ups. The most sought-after models in this category include Ford's Transit and Transit Custom as well as the Ford Ranger. Fords sell particularly well in the United Kingdom, while Renault dominates the French market, Europe’s largest market for light commercial vehicles. At the same time, Mercedes and Volkswagen have a strong presence in Germany. These two brands accounted for around four out of ten light commercial vehicle sales in Germany between January and June 2020.

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