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Medium and heavy commercial vehicle market in Europe - statistics & facts

The volume of Europe's commercial vehicle production reached almost 500,000 units in 2019. That year, the European market for medium and heavy commercial vehicle sales reached almost 300,000 units. Germany leads Europe in terms of commercial vehicle sales with almost 75,000 new registrations in 2020, despite the clear impact of Covid-19 on new heavy vehicle registrations in the region in part due to a manufacturing stall. The European commercial vehicle market is comprised of all vehicles over 3.5 metric tons used in a commercial capacity, such as trucks transporting various goods across countries. In 2019 alone, Europe (including Turkey and Russia) counted more than 11.6 million medium and heavy commercial vehicles in use and a motorization rate of 75 units per thousand inhabitants. In 2018, the European Union motor vehicle manufacturing industry amounted to close to 1.12 trillion euros in revenue and 6.6 billion euros in exports, most of which were the result of intra-Europe trade. A significant part of this market consists of medium and heavy-duty commercial vehicles (MHCV).

The European market is dominated by European brands

This consequential market is not limited to trucks over 3.5 metric tons, but also includes passenger buses, which are an integral part of manufacturers’ sales and deliveries in the region. European brands were the most popular in 2019. At around 22 percent, Germany’s Daimler had the highest market share of the MHCV market, with total bus and truck sales at around 90,000 units in 2019. It was followed swiftly by MAN and Scania. 2020 saw a decline in sales for all brands: Daimler’s unit sales slumped to some 61,000 vehicles, and Volvo Trucks of Sweden is likely to climb up in the 2020 ranking.

More focus on sustainability is expected in the future

The production outlook for commercial vehicles and buses suggests a future focus on more sustainable vehicle options. As of 2019, registrations for green-powered trucks and buses were dwarfed by registrations for diesel vehicles, but projections expect this will change by 2035 when internal combustion engine trucks are tipped to only account for half of the Western European production of heavy-duty trucks. Italy led the way in the shift towards alternative fuel adoption in 2020 by adding some 960 new such vehicles to its fleet as of December of that year.

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Medium and heavy commercial vehicle market in Europe - statistics & facts

The volume of Europe's commercial vehicle production reached almost 500,000 units in 2019. That year, the European market for medium and heavy commercial vehicle sales reached almost 300,000 units. Germany leads Europe in terms of commercial vehicle sales with almost 75,000 new registrations in 2020, despite the clear impact of Covid-19 on new heavy vehicle registrations in the region in part due to a manufacturing stall. The European commercial vehicle market is comprised of all vehicles over 3.5 metric tons used in a commercial capacity, such as trucks transporting various goods across countries. In 2019 alone, Europe (including Turkey and Russia) counted more than 11.6 million medium and heavy commercial vehicles in use and a motorization rate of 75 units per thousand inhabitants. In 2018, the European Union motor vehicle manufacturing industry amounted to close to 1.12 trillion euros in revenue and 6.6 billion euros in exports, most of which were the result of intra-Europe trade. A significant part of this market consists of medium and heavy-duty commercial vehicles (MHCV).

The European market is dominated by European brands

This consequential market is not limited to trucks over 3.5 metric tons, but also includes passenger buses, which are an integral part of manufacturers’ sales and deliveries in the region. European brands were the most popular in 2019. At around 22 percent, Germany’s Daimler had the highest market share of the MHCV market, with total bus and truck sales at around 90,000 units in 2019. It was followed swiftly by MAN and Scania. 2020 saw a decline in sales for all brands: Daimler’s unit sales slumped to some 61,000 vehicles, and Volvo Trucks of Sweden is likely to climb up in the 2020 ranking.

More focus on sustainability is expected in the future

The production outlook for commercial vehicles and buses suggests a future focus on more sustainable vehicle options. As of 2019, registrations for green-powered trucks and buses were dwarfed by registrations for diesel vehicles, but projections expect this will change by 2035 when internal combustion engine trucks are tipped to only account for half of the Western European production of heavy-duty trucks. Italy led the way in the shift towards alternative fuel adoption in 2020 by adding some 960 new such vehicles to its fleet as of December of that year.

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