Commercial vehicle registrations: -11.1% in January 2022 – ACEA

Brussels, 24 February 2022 – In January 2022, new commercial vehicle registrations in the European Union fell by 11.1% to 125,292 units. This decrease is mainly the result of a drop in sales of new minivans.

Total new utility vehicles

In January 2022, registrations of new commercial vehicles in the European Union fell by 11.1% to 125,292 units. This decrease is mainly the result of a drop in sales of new minivans. Three of the region’s four key markets posted declines last month. Spain saw the largest decline (-20.1%), followed by France (-17.0%) and Germany (-3.1%). In Italy, on the other hand, sales levels remained unchanged compared to January 2021.

New light commercial vehicles (LCV) up to 3.5 t

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

New Heavy Commercial Vehicles (HCV) of 16t and over

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

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

Last month, truck registrations increased by 4.1%, totaling 23,537 units sold in the European Union. Central Europe continued to be the main driver of growth, with Poland not only being the third largest truck market in the EU, but also showing the strongest percentage gain (+51.7%). As for the main Western European markets, only Spain recorded solid growth (+13.9%) in January 2022. In 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 and coaches (MHBC) over 3.5 t

In January, sales of new buses and coaches in the European Union fell by 6.6% to 2,294 units. Registrations fell in all major EU markets except Spain (+15.9%). Italy recorded the largest percentage decline (-28.5%), followed by more modest declines in Germany (-4.1%) and France (-1.1%).


About ACEA

  • The European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA) is the Brussels-based trade association of the 16 major manufacturers of cars, vans, trucks and buses in Europe.
  • ACEA members for commercial vehicles are DAF Trucks, Daimler Truck, Ford Trucks, Iveco Group, MAN Truck & Bus, Scania, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles and Volvo Group.
  • Visit for more information about ACEA, and follow us on or
  • Contact: Francesca Piazza, Head of Statistics, [email protected]

About the EU automotive industry

  • 12.7 million Europeans work in the automotive industry (directly and indirectly), representing 6.6% of all jobs in the EU.
  • 11.5% of manufacturing jobs in the EU – some 3.5 million – are in the automotive sector.
  • Motor vehicles are responsible for €398.4 billion in tax revenue for governments in key European markets.
  • The automotive industry generates a trade surplus of €76.3 billion for the EU.
  • The turnover generated by the automotive industry represents more than 8% of EU GDP.
  • Investing €58.8 billion in R&D each year, the automotive sector is the largest private contributor to innovation in Europe, accounting for 32% of total EU spending.
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Commercial vehicle registrations

Andrew B. Reiter