A welcome whiff of the good old pre-crisis days has not only returned to West Europe’s car market, the same goes for heavy trucks
With last year’s sales of trucks at 16t GVW and above rising by a strong 10.6 per cent to 237,858 units in response - at least in part – to stronger than earlier expected tailwinds on the economic front, the crisis which has engulfed West Europe’s entire automotive market since the start of the global financial crisis finally appears to be over.
Acea figures reveal that in December, a sign of the stored up heat still left in the market, sales grew by a strong 17.4 per cent to 19,574 units, suggesting that Europe’s
heavy truck market has not lost any of its dynamism during last year’s closing months.
Put into context, December’s 17.4 per cent jump, coming in the wake of a
13.1 per cent sales gain in November, directly compares with West Europe’s notably less energetic 2 per cent sales gain from cars.
Drawing attention to the truck market’s near business-as-usual bullishness, last year’s 10.6 per cent sales gain for the full year was almost twice as fast as the already brisk 5.8 per cent sales expansion seen in last year’s West European passenger car
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