2016 was an extremely positive year for the renewal of the European commercial fleet, according to the European Council for Motor Trade and Repairs (CECRA).
Gianandrea Ferrajoli – Chairman of CECRA’s CIV division commented: ”2016, an extremely positive year for the renewal of the European commercial fleet, we need to keep going in this direction.”
According to the ACEA figures, in December 2016, EU demand for new commercial vehicles increased again by 10.4 per cent, totalling 211,941 units. Growth was sustained across all commercial vehicle segments and across most European countries.
Spain (+13.3 per cent), Germany (+3.4 per cent) and France (+2.9 per cent) posted growth, while the UK saw its demand decline during the last month of the year (-9.7 per cent), mainly due to a drop in registrations of vans. But the real star of the month was Italy. The Italian market ended the year extremely strong (+97.0 per cent), with registrations almost doubling (31,403 units) as a result of government incentives for fleet renewal that were introduced in September. For the whole 2016, the Italian market has performed a spectacular +50 per cent compared to the previous year.
“2016 has been an extremely positive year for the renewal of the European fleet, we need to keep going in this direction,” said Gianandrea Ferrajoli, Chairman of CECRA’s CIV division. “The sector has shown a strong responsiveness to the policies aimed at rewarding the companies that invest and innovate. Going forward, fleet renewal has to remain the main priority in the short run – only in Italy, 70 per cent of the existing fleet is composed of Euro 3 vehicles – whereas in the long term, European policies will have to focus on alternative fuel, electric vehicles and LNG, which will represent the key ingredients of the future European sustainable mobility”.