EU demand for commercial vehicles decreased 0.01% in August after July’s upsurge (4%), according to the European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA). 

The various segments performed differently, with demand for buses increasing strongly (+17.8%) while registrations of new trucks declined (-2.9%). Among the major markets, Spain and France recorded the highest percentage gains (+20.5% and +14.5% respectively), but the Italian market saw a substantial fall in demand (-22.9%).

Over eight months in 2017, EU demand maintained momentum. With 1.6 million new commercial vehicles registered, the market went up by 3.7%. Spain had the strongest growth over the period (+15.3%), followed by France (+7.4%), Italy (+2.2%) and Germany (+1.8%). By contrast, demand for new commercial vehicles contracted by 2.6% in the United Kingdom.