New motorcycle and moped registrations increased by 5.1% in 2015 compared to the same period last year to reach 1,213,748, according to figures released today by ACEM, the European Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers.
The country where with more vehicles registered was France (242,885 vehicles, -3.4%), followed by Italy (196,653 vehicles, +6.4%), Germany (184,299, +4.8%), Spain (148,488 units, +17.6%) and the UK (114,811, +12.8%).
Strong growth in the motorcycle segment across Europe
Motorcycle registrations grew by 10.3% during 2015 compared to 2014. Italy was the country where most motorcycles were registered: 172,033 (+9.9%), followed by France (153,239 vehicles, -0.1%) and Germany (151,661, +7.1%).
The fourth and fifth place are for countries that attained double digit growth: Spain (132,532 vehicles, 18.9%) and the UK (105,417 vehicles, +15.6%).
Moped registrations continue to decline in most European markets
The moped segment continued to decrease through 2015. A total of 328,305 mopeds were registered across the European Union (-6.7% on a year-on-year basis).
The largest market for mopeds were France (89,646 mopeds, -8.7%), the Netherlands (65,932 mopeds, +4.9%), Germany (32,638 mopeds, -4.6%), Poland (30,430 mopeds, -25.3%), and Italy (24,620 mopeds, -13.2%). Spain was the only large European market in which moped registrations increased in 2015: 15,956 units (+7.8%).
Comments from ACEM Secretary General
Commenting on the recent evolution of the European motorcycle and moped market ACEM Secretary General Antonio Perlot said:
“We will still need to wait until July 2016 to assess whether this is a real recovery, but the sector seems to have regained momentum in 2015. This was a very positive year for the industry, with registrations increasing in most European countries, particularly in large markets like Italy, Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom”.
“In any case, the sector still faces a delicate situation in Europe. In 2015 about 1.21 million vehicles were registered. That is still less than half the registration levels we saw before the economic crisis (2.43 million units in 2007).”
“This industry needs supportive policies that promote job creation in the manufacturing sector as well as vehicle exports to third countries”.
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Manuel Ordonez de Barraicua. ACEM Communications Officer
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