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European registrations down 3.3% in Q1

The transition from Euro 3 to Euro 4 continues to be blamed for falling registrations in Europe. Registrations of motorcycles and mopeds in the EU declined 3.3% in the first quarter of this year to stand at 254,487, according to the latest figures released today by the European Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers (ACEM).

A bright spot were registrations in France and Italy. In France, the best performing market this year, they reached 51,164 units (up 3.35% compared with Q1 2016), and were up 1.11% (50,230) in Italy.

Unfortunately, registrations were down in Germany (42,525 units, -6.05%), Spain (28,851 units, -8.93%) and the UK (23,313 units, -14.9%).

ACEM secretary general Antonio Perlot said: “The slowdown in the motorcycle and moped markets is the result of the final transition to the new Euro 4 standard. A large number of Euro 3 vehicles were registered in late 2016, which explains why fewer mopeds and motorcycles are being registered in the beginning of 2017.

“We expect the market to gain positive momentum over the coming months, particularly thanks to the launch of the new models and the beginning of the motorcycle riding season. As a matter of fact, some of the largest European markets have already surpassed Q1 2016 registration levels”.



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