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Motorcycle registrations rise in Europe in first quarter

Combined registrations of motorcycles and mopeds in the EU reached 240,924 units during the first quarter of 2018, representing a decrease of 6.1% compared with the same period of the previous year, according to the latest figures by ACEM (the European Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers).

Registrations increased in some of the largest European markets including Spain (32,170 motorcycles and mopeds, +11.5%) and the UK (24,609 units, +5.6%), remained stable in Italy (49,993 units, -0.6%) and decreased in France (47,081 units, -8%) and Germany (36,788 units, -13.5%).

Registrations of motorcycles in the EU reached 203,853 units during the first three months of the year – an increase of 4.7% compared with the same period of 2017. With 46,126 units (+1.4%), Italy remains the largest European motorcycle market, followed by France (36,979 motorcycles, +9.1%), Germany (36,058 motorcycles, +1.9%), Spain (29,063 motorcycles, +16.7%) and the UK (23,485 motorcycles, +7.4%).

Registrations in the moped segment reached 37,071 units (-40.2%) during the first 3 months of 2017. The largest moped market in Europe was the French one (10,102 units, -41.5%), followed by the Netherlands (8,856 units, -35.3%), Italy (3,867 units, -19.4%), Belgium (3,458 units, -14.8%), and Spain (3,107 units, -21.4%).

Combined registrations of electric mopeds, motorcycles and quadricycles reached 8281 units during the first quarter. This represents an increase of 51.2% compared with the same period of 2017. The largest European markets in terms of volume were France with a total of 2150 electric vehicles, followed by the Netherlands (1703 units), Belgium (1472 units), Spain (1258 units) and Italy (592 units).

A total of 1726 electric motorcycles were registered in the EU between January and March 2018 (+118.5% on a year-on-year basis). The largest European markets for electric motorcycles were: France (732 units, +228%), Spain (311 units, +161%) Netherlands (202 units, +304%), and Germany (173 vehicles, -10.4%).

Registrations of electric mopeds reached 5824 units (+50.8% compared with the first 3 months of 2017). The largest European markets for mopeds were: Netherlands (1501 units, +54.7%), Belgium (1366 units, +91.9%), France (1204 units, -11.6%), Spain (908 units, +197%) and Italy (310 units, +58.2%).

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