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The disrupted motorcycle market in Europe

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0.5% drop in the first half with 532,980 registrations

Strong disparities between countries and a still troubled situation

After a year 2020 slowed down by confinements, the motorized two-wheeler market experienced a tremendous rebound in 2021 despite shortages and the transport crisis, ending the year with growth of 7.8% in the main European markets.

The year 2022 seemed at first glance to be heading in the same direction, while the first quarter ended with a further increase in sales of 9.7% in the same markets. But now, the situation has changed with the arrival of spring and the multiplication of barriers.

Rising fuel prices, Russian-Ukrainian conflict, transport costs still high, galloping inflation, absence of motorcycles in concessions… From April, the results began to fall and despite a slight rebound in May, the situation is not not really encouraging at the end of this first semester.

Overall, the European motorcycle and scooter market remains relatively stable with 532,980 registrations during the first six months compared to 535,464 last year over the same period, a decrease of 0.5%.

But not all markets were impacted in the same way. While Germany (117,800 registrations, +1.7%) and above all Spain (91,870, +10.7%) saw their results improve, the United Kingdom, Italy and France saw their sales plummet. This is particularly true in France where the number of two-wheelers registered is down 6.4% with 108,000 units sold over six months.

On the other hand, the trend is more positive for mopeds since with 134,478 registrations, sales increased by 1% in the first half. Again, not all countries are in the same boat with, for example, Germany, which grew by 39.9%, while the French market fell by 3.5%.

Antonio PerlotSecretary General of theACEM :

In recent months, sales of two-wheelers have been affected by logistical disruptions internationally. This has caused a delay in deliveries to several European markets. Sales were also impacted by rising energy costs and inflation, rising interest rates and broad economic uncertainty.

That said, registrations of mopeds and motorcycles in Europe have remained stable compared to the first half of 2021. Due to their relatively low purchase and operating costs, two-wheelers are doing much better than others. private means of transport.

We will know if 2022 has been a good year for our sector when the figures for the first nine months are available.

Will the summer make it possible to relaunch the growth of the motorcycle market or should we expect a decline on the contrary? See you in October to find out.

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