With a drop of 8,2% the European PTW market continues to raise concerns among manufacturers and dealers.
While in 2011 the sales reached their lowest point in a decade with registrations of Powered Two-Wheelers falling by another 9,5% yoy, there were hopes that the trend could be reversed. Usually positive, due to the new models on sale and the beginning of the motorcycle season, the first quarter announces the trend for the year to come. The reported 8,2% decline confirms the crisis suffered by the European Motorcycle sector, now officially entering its fifth year.
Only the United Kingdom and Germany have performed positively, respectively with a growth of 2,7% and 1,5%.
Every other main European market reports a negative trend: France -8,8%, Italy-14,8%, Spain -17,9%, The Netherlands -7,9%.
On a positive note, in March sales achieved a little recovery, doubling the meager volumes achieved in February, when sales had further dropped by 14,4% compared to February 2011.
In the ranking of European markets France consolidates its first position which Italy had to renounce for the first time in 2011. This change at the top is a further indication of the structural modifications the PTW sector is undergoing.
Q1 of 2012 saw a decline of 12,3% in the moped segment, while sales of PTWs over 50cc shrunk "only" by 6,35%.