The Motorcycle Industry in Europe


Policy Areas

arrow-blue   Safety

The PTW industry is leading in safety technologies worldwide and consistently sustains high investments in R&D.


arrow-blue   Mobility

Getting to and from work, or even taking a quick trip into town is becoming ever more problematical. Rising traffic levels mean that road users have to spend anything up to several hours a day stuck in long traffic queues.


arrow-blue   Environment

Over the last decade PTWs have achieved remarkable progress in reducing the environmental impact of its vehicles and processes.


arrow-blue   Competitiveness

ACEM's mission is to support a strong, competitive and profitable powered two-wheeler industry in Europe, contributing to the sustainable development and prosperity objectives identified by the European Union.


arrow-blue   EU PTW Regulation

Regulation No 168/2013 sets out the legislative requirements for the approval of all L-category vehicles in the European Union.


What's New

08/10/15. Photos of our conference now available online!

You did not manage to attend our 2015 conference? You can still take a look at some of them below and on our Flickr page... 


07/10/15. Motorcycles become part of the connected vehicle world: BMW Motorrad, Honda and Yamaha cooperate to further increase safety of powered two-wheelers.

1BMW Motorrad, Honda Motor Co. Ltd. and Yamaha Motor Co. Ltd. are now collaborating to enhance Cooperative-Intelligent Transportation Systems (C-ITS) applications in powered two-wheelers (PTWs) and working together to establish a consortium named Connected Motorcycle Consortium.

According to the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), which was signed by all ACEM manufacturing members in 2014, C-ITS features will be introduced from 2020 onwards. In order to accelerate this process, the three manufacturers will begin their cooperation in the field of C-ITS now.


07/10/15. ACEM 2015 report now available online

2015-ReportThe 2015 ACEM report is now available in full online. The study examines in detail the state of the L-category industry in the EU.

It includes detailed figures on registrations of powered-two- and powered-three wheelers in EU and EFTA countries, manufacturing in the EU, and international trade, among others.

As highlighted in the report, the European market for powered-two and three-wheelers increased by 2% between 2013 and 2014. It is the first time that registrations increase since the beginning of the economic and financial crisis in 2008.


29/09/15. Motorcycle industry hosts conference highlighting the contribution to mobility of mopeds, motorcycles, tricycles and quadricycles

confThe European Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers, ACEM, hosted on 24 September its 11th annual conference in Brussels. The event attracted more than 130 attendees representing businesses, EU policy-makers, national administrations and stakeholders.

Keynote addresses were given by Stephan Schaller, ACEM President and BMW Motorrad President, and by Nikolaus von Peter, member of the Cabinet of the European Commissioner for Transport, Violeta Bulc.


13/09/15. Powered-two and three-wheeler registrations increase by 3.9% on a year-on-year basis

07-2015A total of 810,986 powered-two and three-wheelers were registered during the first seven months of 2015 in the EU. This represents an increase of 3.9% compared to the 780,585 vehicles registered during the same period of 2014.

Registrations performed positively in Spain (91,631 units, +20.6%), the UK (72,646 units, +13.2%), Italy (141,278 units, 5.4%), and Germany (132,252 units, +0.9%). They decreased in France (156,610 units, -2.5%).


03/08/15. Powered-two and three-wheeler registrations increase by 3.8% on a year-on-year basis

06-2015A total of 666,119 powered-two and three-wheelers were registered during the first six months of 2015 in the EU.

This represents an increase of 3.4% compared to the 644,527 vehicles registered during the same period of 2014.