UK truck registrations behind European rivals in first quarter of 2017
The European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA) reported a lower number of registrations for new heavy commercial vehicles in the UK in the first quarter of 2017 compared to other major European economies.
Figures show that registrations for vehicles above 16-tonne gross vehicle weight (GVW) in the UK grew by just 0.6% in comparison to the same quarter in 2016. ACEA had 8,322 new trucks registered in its heavy commercial vehicle classification in 2017 compared to only 8,270 in 2016. This can be comapred to Germany registering a 4.9% rise in new heavy commercial vehicles to 16,826 and France registering a 5.7% growth to 12,399.
"Registrations in the UK (...) overall quite low considering March is traditionally a stong month for new vehicle sales."
Registrations for vehicles in the classification above 3.5 tonne GVW in the UK showed an increase of 5% year-on-year. During the first quarter in 2017, the UK registered a 5% increase to 11,73.
Overall, the European Union registered a sales of 91,665 new trucks in the first quarter of 2017 or 4.7% more registrations compared to last year.
Registrations in the UK seem nonetheless overall quite low considering that March is traditionally a stong month for new vehicle sales.
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