West Europe’s commercial vehicle market, including all light and medium commercials and vehicles in the heavy truck category of 16t GVW and above, started the current year on yet another high. That’s the upbeat message from
ACEA’s January commercial vehicle sales figures showing a strong 8.8 per cent jump to some 163,372 units. This latest jump, coming in the wake of last year’s even stronger 11 per cent jump to 2.18m units suggest that the end of West Europe’s great vehicle sales recovery story is not yet in sight
As has been the case during the whole of last year, the on-going underlying sales recovery in West Europe’s still kicking commercial vehicle market was led by a slightly faster than average expansion in the region’s light commercial vehicle (LCV) market.
That’s light vans and in particular Ford Transit-type medium vans in the over 2.5t to 3.50t GVW weight class.
That’s borne out by ACEA’s January numbers.
Whereas January’s West European sales of heavies (16t GVW and above) grew just 4.5 per cent to 19,722 units, pulled down by a 5.9 per cent drop in Germany’s heavy truck market, West Europe’s January sales of LCVs rose at more than twice that pace.
That’s a still lively 9.7 per cent sales surge to some 136,551 units.
Following on the heels of a slightly hotter 11.2 per cent sales gain last December, January’s sales turnout from LCVs suggest that the current year began with next to no detectable loss of
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