13.5 per cent decrease in September EU van sales
September, demand for new vans (light commercial vehicles up to 3.5 tonnes) declined across the EU, except in Slovakia (+9.5 per cent) and the UK (+1.1 per cent), resulting in an overall 13.5 per cent decrease. France (-12.4 per cent), Germany (-14.6 per cent), Italy (-27.6 per cent) and Spain (-34.3 per cent) all faced a double digit downturn. In total, the region counted 123,938 new vans in the month.
From January to September, 1,041,028 new vans were registered in the EU, or 11.7 per cent less than in the first nine months of 2011. Looking at the most important markets, Germany (-2.8 per cent), France (-8.0 per cent), the UK (-6.3 per cent), Spain (-25.9 per cent) and Italy (-35.2 per cent) all performed less well than last year.