EU Commercial Vehicle Registrations: -11.1% in January 2022


During January 2022, new commercial vehicle registrations in the European Union declined by 11.1% to 125,292 units. This drop was mainly the result of a fall in new van sales. Three of the four key markets in the region posted a decline last month. Spain saw the sharpest drop (-20.1%), followed by France (-17.0%) and Germany (-3.1%). In Italy, however, sales levels remained unchanged compared to January 2021.

New light commercial vehicles (LCV) up to 3.5t

During the first month of the year, demand for light commercial vehicles contracted by 14.2% across the EU to reach 99,461 vehicles. Looking at the four major markets, Italy was the only one that recorded growth (+1.1%). Spain and France suffered double-digit losses (-27.2% and -18.9% respectively) while Germany saw a modest decline (-1.7%).

New heavy commercial vehicles (HCV) of 16t and over

In January, the number of heavy commercial vehicles registered in the EU increased by 8.0% to 20,596 units. The markets in Central Europe generally posted strong results, with Poland recording the highest increase (+57.6%). Out of the four largest markets in Western Europe, Spain saw the strongest increase (+16.6%) followed by Italy and France with modest growth (+2.9% and +1.8% respectively). Germany, on the other hand, posted negative results (-2.0%) in the heavy-duty segment.

New medium and heavy commercial vehicles (MHCV) over 3.5t

Last month, truck registrations expanded by 4.1%, totalling 23,537 units sold across the European Union. Central Europe continued to be the main driver of growth, with Poland not only being the third biggest truck market in the EU but also posting the strongest percentage gain (+51.7%). Looking at Western Europe’s major markets, only Spain recorded solid growth (+13.9%) in January 2022. By contrast, Germany (-7.2%), France (-2.8%) and Italy (-0.4%) all saw demand fall in the first month of the year.

New medium and heavy buses & coaches (MHBC) over 3.5t

In January, sales of new buses and coaches in the European Union shrank by 6.6%, counting 2,294 units. Registrations fell in all major EU markets, with the exception of Spain (+15.9%). Italy posted the highest percentage drop (-28.5%), followed by more