In April, EU commercial vehicle registrations dropped 7.2% and totaled 181,434 units, according to the European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA).

This is mainly due to the fact that Easter fell in April this year.

Demand declined in all segments, apart from buses and coaches, and across all major EU markets. The United Kingdom (-14.9%) and Germany (-11.8%) saw the highest drops, while the Spanish (-1.0%) and French (-0.4%) markets remained more or less stable.

During the first four months of the year, the EU market expanded by 3.8% – despite last month’s negative results – counting 788,181 new commercial vehicles registered. Over the same period, Spain (+14.5%) and Italy (+8.2%) posted the strongest increases, followed by France (+6.7%) and Germany (+2.0%). The UK market declined slightly (-3.1%) during these four months.