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Powered-two and three-wheeler registrations increase by 0.2% on a year-on-year basis
29 May 2015

A total of 388,000 powered-two and three-wheelers were registered during the first four months of 2015 in the EU.

This represents an increase of 0.2% compared to the 387,080 vehicles registered during the same period of 2014. Registrations performed positively in Spain (40,380 units, +16.8%) and the UK (36,425 units, +11.7%).

They decreased in Germany (73,220, -0.6%), Italy (64,660 units, -1.2%) and France (75,490 units, -5.6%). 

 Motorcycle registrations

Cumulative motorcycle registrations grew by 4.9% during the first four months of 2015 on a year-on-year basis. A total of 295,760 motorcycles were registered between January and April 2015, against 281,950 during the same period of 2014.

Year-on-year motorcycle registrations increased in key European markets including Spain (36,025 units, +17.4%), the UK (33,690 units, +13.8%), Germany (62,210 units, +3.8%) and Italy (57,425 units, +1.3%). Registrations decreased in France (52,265 units, -2.7%).

Moped registrations

A total of 92,250 mopeds were registered during the first four months of 2015 in the EU, whilst 105,130 mopeds had been registered during the same period of 2014, representing a decrease of 12.2%.

Registrations increased in Spain (4,360, + 12%), although they decreased in the UK (2,735 units, -9.6%), France (23,225 units, -11.5 %), Italy (7,230 units, -17.8%) and Germany (11,010 units, -19.8%).


Documents available to download

ACEM - Statistical press release - April 2015.pdf [0.27 MB]

ACEM - Statistical data - April 2015.xls [0.25 MB]

Honda launches 5th edition of its 'Rider of the Year' competition. Registrations will be open from 5 May to 15
26 May 2015

Honda Motor Europe Spain recently announced the launch of the 5th edition of the Rider of the Year competition.

The competition will be open to all members of the Spanish police forces. Registrations will be open from 5 May to 15 June 2015.

During the first phase participants are required to answer an online questionnaire which includes questions on motorcycling techniques, driving legislation and first aid. The questionnaire will be available here until 15 June 2015.

The 20 contestants with the best scores will continue to the next phase.

During the second phase of the competition, the shortlisted participants will be required to successfully pass a series of practical and theoretical tests. The rider who demonstrates the highest degree of riding skill and safety awareness will receive an Honda CB500F. All the other finalists will also receive prizes.

The finals will take place on 26 September 2015, at the Honda Institute for Security in Santa Perpètua de Mogoda (Barcelona). The 2014 edition of Rider of the Year competition attracted more than 5,000 participants.

More detailed information can be found at http://www.honda-montesa.es/concurso-honda/ 

Requirements

• Member of Spanish police force

• Driving license A or A2

• Not having participated in any other edition of the competition

• TIP number

About the Honda Safety Institute

The Honda Safety Institute (“Honda Instituto de Seguridad” or HIS) opened its doors in September 2009.

The centre was originally created with the aim of providing training for motorcyclists. Nearly 11,000 motorcyclists have been trained in this facility to become better riders, improving their own safety and that of other road users.

 

European Commission to set up expert group on sustainable transport, the Sustainable Transport Forum
29 Apr 2015

Following the adoption of Directive 2014/94/EU on the deployment of alternative fuels infrastructure, the European Commission announced the creation of the Sustainable Transport Forum (STF). 

The STF will bring together Member States and alternative fuels industry stakeholders.

It will enable a structured dialogue and exchange of best practices. The group will provide advice and technical expertise to the Commission on the development and implementation of legislation, policies, projects and programmes in the field of alternative transport fuels.

It will also deliver opinions and submit reports to the Commission on any matter of relevance to the promotion of alternative transport fuels in Europe.

Business representatives, associations and other bodies are invited to apply to this group. The call for applications can be found here. Applications to join the STF must be sent by 18 May 2015.

For more information on the STF please click here.

Powered-two and three-wheeler registrations stable on a year-on-year basis
28 Apr 2015

A total of 250,080 powered-two and three-wheelers were registered during the first three months of 2015 in the EU.

Registrations performed positively in Spain (27,920 units, +18.1%), the UK (25,394 units, +11.8%), and Germany (47,590 units, +0.2%). They decreased in Italy (40,660 units, -4.6%) and France (49,260 units, -6.2%).

This represents a minor decrease (0.2%) compared to the 250,460 units registered during the same period of 2014.

Motorcycle registrations

Cumulative motorcycle registrations grew by 4% during the first three months of 2015 on a year-on-year basis. A total of 189,570 motorcycles were registered in January and February 2015, against 182,270 during the same period of 2014.

Year-on-year motorcycle registrations increased in key European markets including Spain (24,700 units, +19.1%), the UK (23,465 units, +14.3%) and Germany (40,050 units, +3.8%).

Registrations decreased in Italy (35,810 units, -1.5%) and France (33,475 units, -3.6%).

Moped registrations

A total of 60,510 mopeds were registered during the first three months of 2015 in the EU, whilst 68,180 mopeds had been registered during the same period of 2014, representing a decrease of 11.3%.

Registrations increased in Spain (3,220, + 11.4%), although they decreased in France (15,790 units, -11.1 %), UK (1,930 units, -11.9%), Germany (7,540 units, -15.5%) and Italy (4,850 units, -22.4%).


Documents available to download

ACEM - Statistical press release - March 2015.pdf [0.27 MB]

ACEM - Statistical data - March 2015.xls [0.25 MB]

 

Powered-two and three-wheeler registrations decrease by 3% during the first two months of 2015
31 Mar 2015

A total of 116,390 powered-two and three-wheelers were registered during the first two months of 2015 in the EU.

Registrations performed positively in Spain (15,800 units, +13.1%), the UK (9,015 units, +11.5%), and Italy (22,120 units, +0.9%). Registrations decreased in France (27,570 units, -7.1%) and Germany (11,490 units, -16.2%).

Total registrations between January and February in the EU decreased of 2.9% compared to the 119,970 units registered during the same period of 2014.  

Motorcycle registrations

Cumulative motorcycle registrations grew by 0.6% during the first two months of 2015 on a year-on-year basis. A total of 83,760 motorcycles were registered in January and February 2015, against 83,300 during the same period of 2014.

Year-on-year motorcycle registrations increased in key European markets including the UK (8,000 units, +16.1%), Spain (13,760 units, +12.9%), Italy (19,200 units, +4.4%).

Registrations decreased in France (17,760 units, -5.1%) and Germany (11,450 units, -13.0%).

Moped registrations

A total of 32,620 mopeds were registered during the first two months of 2015 in the EU, whilst 36,670 mopeds had been registered during the same period of 2014.

This represents a decrease of 11.04%. Registrations increased in Spain (2,050 units, +14.2), although they decreased in France (9,815 units, -10.5%), UK (1,015 units, -14.9%), Italy (2,910 units, -17.5%), and Germany (3,040 units, -26.2%).


Documents available to download

ACEM - Statistical press release - February 2015.pdf [0.27 MB]

British Government announced plug in subsidy will be extended to motorcycles from summer 2015
30 Mar 2015

Electric motorcycles and scooters will now qualify for Government subsidy in the UK, under plans announced by the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV).

A pot of up to £7.5 million will be made available from summer 2015 until 2020, capped at £1500 per vehicle.

This will make qualifying vehicles up to 20% cheaper, establishing powered two wheelers as the most affordable electric vehicles on the market and therefore within the reach of people on lower incomes.

Electric powered two wheelers will help cut CO2 emissions but there are wider benefits too. Research shows powered two wheelers help reduce congestion for all road users.

They also take up far less space to park, expanding available parking in city centres and the workplace. Riders benefit from shorter journey times as they can use bus lanes in many towns and cities and are able to filter through queues of traffic. They are economical to run and are exempt from the Congestion Charge and Work Place Parking Levy.

The UK Government will continue to work closely with the industry as it finalises the details of the scheme, including the grant level and final eligibility criteria, but it could be up and running in dealerships as early as this Summer. The funding is being made available from the £500m Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) programme for the period 2015-2020. 

Steve Kenward, CEO of the MCIA says this news bodes well for both industry and the UK’s clogged roads: "This is significant development as it recognises the part motorcycles and scooters can play in a low carbon future. The Subsidy will encourage more people to opt for electric motorcycles and scooters, which will help solve the UK’s appalling congestion problem. “Economically, it will provide a much needed boost to this sector of the automotive industry. We hope this will result in increased investment in UK research and development for electric powered two wheel vehicles. We also hope it will give manufacturers who already have electric models for sale in mainland Europe the confidence to launch in the UK."

UK Business Minister Matthew Hancock said: "Low emission vehicles are the future and show that we can meet our climate change commitments without giving up our cars or motorbikes. Electric motorcycles and scooters have got fantastic potential and can be a real force for good. This investment shows we are serious about increasing the uptake of cleaner vehicles in the UK, and offer a fantastic place for firms to locate their R&D and manufacturing facilities. Supporting new technologies is a key part of our long-term economic plan."

UK Transport Minister Baroness Kramer said: "This £7.5 million for electric bikes demonstrates our commitment to all ultra-low emission vehicles, from motorbikes to cars and trucks. From navigating city streets to putting in the motorway miles there is now a genuine low emission choice for everyone and electric vehicles are now ready to go mainstream. We are determined that the UK continues to be at the forefront of this vital revolution in transport."

About MCIA and e MCIA

The MCIA has been representing the motorcycle industry in the UK for over 100 years. It has 120 members, who include manufacturers and importers, insurers, finance providers, accessory and component suppliers as well as road safety partners.

The eMCIA is a sister organisation for alternative powered motorcycles and scooters.

For more information on MCIA and eMCIA please visit http://www.mcia.co.uk/ and http://www.emcia.co.uk/ 

ACEM re-elects Stephan Schaller as President and welcomes MV Agusta as 15th manufacturer member
26 Mar 2015

Today, Stephan Schaller, President of BMW Motorrad, has been re-elected as President of ACEM, the European Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers. ACEM also welcomed motorcycle manufacturer MV Agusta as its 15th corporate member.

ACEM is also pleased to announce that motorcycle manufacturer MV Agusta, previously a member between 1994 and 2003, has re-joined the association.

As of today, ACEM will represent a total of 15 world leading companies in the motorcycle industry, as well as 18 national associations based in Europe. MV Agusta, headquartered in Varese, Italy, is a very well-known company for its advanced technology and premium vehicles. MV Agusta manufactures vehicles in several segments including supersport, superbike, sports-naked and crossover.

Commenting on the main outcomes of the 2015 General Assembly, ACEM President Stephan Schaller said:

“I am honoured to be able to serve a second mandate as ACEM President and pleased to welcome MV Agusta back in membership. I’m personally convinced that having MV Agusta with us again will add to the voice of the industry in Europe and I look forward to continue working together with all members for the success of our industry”.

“Important tasks lie ahead of us, such as continuing advocating for the right policies and raising awareness at EU level of our sector’s contribution to society”.

Note for editors

ACEM, the Motorcycle Industry in Europe, is the professional body representing the interests and combined skills of 15 manufacturers of L-category vehicles (i.e. powered-two and three-wheelers as well as quadricycles) and 18 national associations. The motorcycle sector accounts for about 150,000 jobs across the European Union.

A mechanical engineer, with more than 30 years of experience in the motorcycle industry, Stephan Schaller has served as ACEM President since March 2013 and has been President of BMW Motorrad since June 2012. He previously worked for the BMW Group from 1981 to 1999. Moreover, Mr Schaller held various management positions over the course of his career, including Head of Production at the BMW Plant Rosslyn (South Africa), and was also Vice Chairman of the Board of Management of Schott AG, Mainz.

MV Agusta, is a motorcycle manufacturer headquartered in Varese, Italy. It has international renown for its advanced technology and high performance vehicles. The company is also one of the most successful brands in the world of motorcycle racing. MV Agusta’s product portfolio is based on two main platforms, comprising three- and four-cylinder models ranging from 675 to 1100 cubic centimetres engine displacement. The company has won nothing less than 75 world championships, and owns Cagiva, a further renowned Italian historical motorcycle brand.


Press contact

For further information or to receive future ACEM news and press releases please contact Manuel Ordonez de Barraicua, ACEM communications officer on +32 (0)22 30 97 32 or by email at


Documents available to download 

Press release - ACEM 2015 General assembly.pdf [0.19 MB]

Powered two-wheeler registrations decrease by 3.2% in January on a year-on-year basis
17 Mar 2015

A total of 54,210 PTWs were registered in January 2015 in the EU. This represents a decrease of 3.2% compared to the 56,015 units registered in January 2014.  

 The UK, the Spanish and the Italian markets performed positively, with registrations increasing by 11.2%, 9.5% and 2.6% respectively. Registrations went down in France (-10.3%) and Germany (-14.7%).

Motorcycle registrations grew by 0.7% in January on a year-on-year basis. A total of 38,490 motorcycles were registered in January 2015, against 38,215 in January 2014. Year-on-year motorcycle registrations increased in key European markets including the UK (+14.5%), Spain (+11.7%), Italy (+7.1%). Registrations decreased in France (-8.5%) and Germany (-13.7%).

A total of 15,725 mopeds were registered in January 2015 in the EU, whilst 17,800 mopeds had been registered in January 2014. This represents a decrease of 11.7%. Registrations fell by 4.3% in Spain, 9.7% in the UK, 13.2% in France, 17.5% in Germany and 19.1% in Italy.


Documents available to download

ACEM - Statistical press release - January 2015.pdf [0.27 MB]

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