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motorcycle registrations up 9.3% across europe

A total of 1,151,657 powered-two and three-wheelers were registered in the EU during the first 11 months of 2015, according to figures supplied by industry body ACEM. This represents an increase of 4.4% compared with the 1,102,996 vehicles registered during the same period of 2014.

Registrations performed positively in Spain (138,590 units, +16.7%), the UK (109,542 units, +12.7%), Italy (190,405 units, 6.2%), and Germany (176,711 units, +3.0%). They decreased in France (227,817 units, -4.2%).

Cumulative motorcycle registrations grew by 9.3% during the first 11 months of 2015 on a year-on-year basis. A total of 846,087 motorcycles were registered between January and November 2015, against 774,387 during the same period of 2014.

Year-on-year motorcycle registrations increased in most key European markets, namely Spain (124,020 units, +18.0%), the UK (100,775 units, +15.6%), Italy (167,035 units, +9.8%), Germany (146,862 units, +6.1%).

Motorcycle registrations decreased in France (145,303 units, -0.8%) (see article below).

A total of 305,570 mopeds were registered during the first 11 months of 2015 in the EU, while 328,609 had been registered during the same period of 2014.

This represents a decrease of 7%. Registrations increased in Spain (14,570, +6.2%), although they decreased in Germany (29,849 units, -10.0%), France (82,514 units, -9.5%), the UK (8767 units, -12.7%), and Italy (23,370 units, -14.1%).

 

WEAKER RECOVERY FOR FRENCH BIKE MARKET

During 2015, over-50cc motorcycle and scooter registrations in France increased by only a fairly marginal 1.17% to 141,123 units. Our Gallic neighbours had posted a 2.46% recovery in the previous year, after declines of respectively 8.7% and 13.9% in 2012 and 2013.

Yamaha hung on to number-one spot with 29,029 units shifted, maintaining a 20.6% market share. Unsurprisingly given the French penchant for scooters, its XP500 T-Max led that charge on 5122 units, followed by the MT-07 (4763 units) and MT-09 (4431 units). But Honda again claimed runner-up status with 22,159 units and a slightly improved share of 15.7%. Honda’s NSS125 Forza scooter, as best-selling machine overall on 5647 units, helped with that.

BMW Motorrad snatched third, thanks to 12,159 units and an 8.8% share. Kawasaki was fourth on 11,483 units and its perrenially popular ER-6 was fifth in the best-seller league with 3257 units. Suzuki rounded out the top five on 9961 units. All three of these brands added market share too.

As for those completing the top ten, the next four out of five suffered minor reductions in share. Harley-Davidson was sixth (7358 units), ahead of scooter specialist Piaggio in seventh (6450 units). KTM was eighth (5904 units), ahead of Triumph (5093 units). Ducati, down in tenth (4391 units), at least improved its share — bolstered by sales of some 1509 Scramblers. That also beat Triumph’s best-seller in France, the Street Triple, which managed 1386 units.  

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