In April demand for new commercial vehicles decreased by 11.9% in the EU*, dropping in most markets, according to ACEA.
New registrations fell by 13.3% in the UK, 28.9% in Spain, 38.6% in Italy, 1.2% in France and 1.6% in Germany.
Four months into the year, downturn continued its course (-10.1%) as all major markets shrank.
France remained the largest market, despite a 4.7% contraction, followed by Germany (-1.2%) and the UK (-9.8%).
Spain (-24.1%) and Italy (-36.7%) recorded more severe drops.
In total, 589,987 vehicles were registered throughout the period.
This segment recorded the largest decrease (-13.3%), with a total of 110,573 units. While the French market remained stable (-0.5%) and the German slipped by 1.9%, the British (-19.8%), Spanish (-30.4%) and Italian (-38.3%) faced a double-digit downturn.
From January to April, the EU* registered 479,456 new vans, or 11.7% less than in the same period a year ago. Looking at the major markets, downturn ranged from 0.4% in Germany to 5.2% in France, 15.7% in the UK, 23.8% in Spain and 37.8% in Italy.
*Data from Malta unavailable