Diesel and petrol vans
Last year, the number of diesel vans sold across the European Union decreased by 17.2% to 1.3 million units, with all 27 EU markets posting declines. Despite this drop in volume, the market share of light commercial vehicles running on diesel increased from 91.7% in 2019 to 92.4% in 2020.
The overall decline in van registrations as a result of COVID-19 hit petrol-powered vehicles the hardest. Indeed, only 49,056 petrol vans were registered across the EU last year, roughly half the number sold in 2019. Except for Latvia, all EU markets posted declines in registrations of petrol vans throughout 2020, including the four major ones. As a result, petrol’s share of the EU van market shrank from 5.1% in 2019 to 3.4% last year.