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Registrations rise in most EU countries

Registrations of motorcycles in the EU increased in most EU countries during the first three months of 2019. According to the latest figures of the European Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers (ACEM), registrations reached 244,991 units. This represents an increase of 19.2% compared with the same period of 2018.

With 54,826 units (a 18.7% increase on a year-on-year basis) Italy remains the largest European motorcycle market, followed by Germany (44,450 motorcycles, +23.3%), France (43,942 motorcycles, +20.0%), Spain (37,255 motorcycles, +20.5%) and the UK (25,913 motorcycles, +10.3%).

EU combined registrations of electric mopeds, motorcycles and quadricycles reached 14,251 units during the first three months of 2019. This represents a substantial increase of 71.2% compared with the registration levels of the first three months of 2018 (8326 units). Most of the electric L-category vehicles registered in the first three months of 2019 were mopeds (11,258), followed by motorcycles (2295 units).

The largest European markets in terms of volume were France, where combined registrations of mopeds, motorcycles and quadricycles totalled 4407 units (+105% on a year-on-year basis), followed by Belgium (2627 vehicles, +78.5%), Netherlands (2598 vehicles, +52.6%), Spain (1632 vehicles, +28%) and Italy (901 vehicles, +49,2%).

Within those figures, the impact of electric models remains modest. The largest e-motorcycle market in the EU in Q1 was France (581 units registered, +58.7%), followed by Germany (504 units, +191.3%), Spain (502 units, +62.5%), Italy (245 units, +67.8%), the Netherlands (150 units, +16.3%) and Austria (116 units, +152.2%).

All other EU markets saw fewer than 100 new electric motorcycles registered in Q1 2019. There were a total of 2295 electric units registered, a +78.6% increase over 1285 units in Q1 2018.

Not surprisingly, the lower-value electric moped market is stronger in Europe in unit terms, with the market overall being +78.3% with 11,258 units registered. The largest single markets are France (3726 units, +137.3%), Belgium (2474 units, +81.1%), the Netherlands (2448 units, +55.5%) and Spain (1087 units, +18.3%), followed by Italy, Poland, Austria and Finland.

Most of the other EU markets are showing healthy growth rates in Q1. The markets with new ICE motorcycle registrations of 1000 or more for Q1 are Belgium, 6519 units (+8.6%); Portugal, 5818 units (+24.5%); Greece, 5721 units (+6.3%); Austria, 5259 units (+33.9%); the Netherlands, 4225 units (+23.7); Czech Republic, 2701 units (+41.0%), Sweden, 1950 units (+35.0%) and Poland, 1356 units (-35.3% for the three months to March).

Antonio Perlot, secretary general of ACEM (pictured), said: “The increase in vehicle registrations reflects the overall improving economic conditions across Europe, particularly in the largest EU markets, as well as European citizens’ preference for an enjoyable and convenient means of transport.

“At the same time, given the seasonal nature of motorcycle and moped markets, we will need to wait for the registration figures of late July to assess whether 2019 has been a very good year for our industry.”

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