Tuesday, July 23, 2024


Europe-wide motorcycle industry organisation ACEM has launched an urgent plea for postponement of the European Commission’s Euro-4 stock sell-through deadline and full Euro-5 compliance.

ACEM members had been relying on the spring and summer sales surge to clear legacy Euro-4 inventories from dealerships across mainland Europe and the UK. But the Covid-19 outbreak and resultant lockdowns have thrown a monumental spanner in the works, paralysing retail activity.

Total registrations in Europe’s five largest bike markets — France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK — fell by 39.6% in March and deteriorated much further in April, when combined numbers plummeted by 74.9%, with some countries shrinking by up to 96%.

Mopeds were also heavily impacted. The biggest markets taken together — Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland and Spain — sank by 37.9% in March and then 55.1% in April.

So distributor warehouses and trade showrooms everywhere are stuffed with dust-gatherers that will soon be obsolete in regulatory terms. And ACEM is now on its knees begging the European Commission to extend the period in which excess Euro-4 machines can be shifted, to avoid dealers being potentially stuck with a vast quantity of unsellable products in December.

Putting a more diplomatic spin on such efforts, ACEM secretary general Antonio Perlot said: “ACEM and its members are working together with EU and national administrations to find a solution to the problem.”


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