Europe’s truck industry and their suppliers probably felt more relief than satisfaction this week after the European autoindustry federation ACEA confirmed that this June West Europe’s market for heavy trucks had grown at the fastest clip since the start of this year
The latest set of healthy-looking figures still points to a substantially healthier and stronger than expected truck sales recovery.
This optimistic take on the latest state of play was highlighted this June by a renewed set of double-digit sales gains almost across the entire West European market.
Underlining today’s widely shared positive prognosis for the current year, at the halfway stage sales of heavies are up 17.6 per cent, following a spirit lifting 20.8 per cent sales surge during a livelier second quarter.
This year’s encouraging turnout at the halfway stage – 105,428 heavy truck sales – still needs to be put into proper perspective.
Encouraging as these figures are, latest heavy truck sales figures pour buckets of cold water on the fanciful idea that this year's flying start from sales marks a return to business as usual.
At the this year’s midpoint, same sector sales compare with half-year sales of 134,417 units in pre-crisis 2007, according to ACEA figures.
It means that at this year’s halfway stage West Europe’s strongly recovering heavy truck market still trails these pre-crisis levels by nearly 29,000 units, or 21.6 per
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