News - ACEM - The Motorcycle Industry in Europe
ACEM position paper -  ACEM contribution to the discussions on the future EU-UK trade relationship
10 Jun 2020

The total European L-category vehicle market in 2019 amounted to 1,382,000 vehicles, of which 107,300 were sold in the UK. In 2019, the value of EU motorcycle exports to the UK was €425 million, and the value of UK motorcycle exports to the EU was €239 million.

Of the total of approximately 713,000 L-category vehicles produced in Europe, about 9,500 are produced in the UK (2018 figures). The motorcycle sector in Europe, including manufacturing, upstream and downstream activities, is estimated to employ around 300,000 people, of which over 40,000 are employed in the UK.

In terms of structure, the European motorcycle sector is characterised by a large number of companies active in vehicle, parts, components, sales, maintenance and repair – 8% of these companies are based in the UK.

Agreement of a deep and comprehensive trade deal between the EU and the UK is the greatest priority of the motorcycle industry.

Documents available to download

ACEM position paper - EU-UK trade negotiations

Hit by an unprecedented decline in registrations, Europe’s motorcycle industry calls for support from the EC
25 May 2020

Motorcycle registrations across Europe dropped steeply in March and April in comparison to the same period in 2019 as a result of the impact of the Covid-19 outbreak. With dealerships closed and economies under lockdown, commercial activity has been virtually paralysed.

Total registrations in the 5 largest motorcycle markets (i.e. France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK) fell by 39.6% in March 2020, compared to the same month of 2019. The situation deteriorated even further in April 2020, when combined registrations in the largest markets fell by 74.9%, with some countries contracting by 84% to 96%.

The moped segment was equally impacted. The largest European moped markets (i.e. Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland and Spain) fell by 37.9% in March 2020 on a year-on-year basis. In April 2020, moped registrations in the same markets decreased 55.1%.

Due to the seasonal nature of the market with sales concentrated in the spring, this impact of the outbreak in March and April has placed European dealerships under considerable financial pressure. In addition dealers are now holding an excess of Euro 4 vehicles, which were being readied for the Spring season but which may become unsellable due to regulatory changes.

Europe’s motorcycle industry welcomes the various economy wide support measures that Member States and the Commission have put in place. The only additional request from the sector is for the Commission to extend the period in which Euro 4 vehicles can be sold, to avoid dealers being left with hundreds of thousands of unsellable products.


Commenting on the current situation of the sector, Antonio Perlot, ACEM Secretary General, said:

“With the progressive restart of activity, data for the next three months will give us a clearer overview of the final impact of the COVID-19 virus. Nevertheless, it is already clear that 2020 will be a very difficult year for the sector, with extraordinary disruptions on the activity of manufacturers, dealerships and suppliers”.

“ACEM and its members are working together with EU and national administrations to find a solution to the problem of hundreds of thousands of Euro 4 vehicles excess stock. This will require reviewing relevant legislation to ensure that motorcycle dealerships across Europe can recover from the effect of the COVID-19 crisis as soon as possible”.

Documents available to download

ACEM - Statistical press release - January - April 2020 [xls]

ACEM - Statistical press release - January - April 2020 - EN [pdf]

ACEM - Statistical releases - FAQ [pdf]

ACEM - Statistical releases - Glossary [pdf]

Press contact

Manuel Ordonez de Barraicua
ACEM communications manager
+32 496 52 65 17


Statistical releases in 2020

As of 2020 ACEM statistical releases will cover:

• The largest European markets for motorcycles (i.e. Italy, France, Germany Spain, UK). These countries account for about 80% of motorcycle registrations in the EU + UK block.

• The largest European moped markets (i.e. France, the Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Poland and Spain). These countries account about 87% of moped registrations in the EU.


About ACEM

The European Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers (ACEM) represents manufacturers of mopeds, motorcycles, three-wheelers and quadricycles (L-category vehicles) in Europe.

ACEM members include 18 manufacturing companies: BMW Motorrad, Bombardier Recreational Products (BRP), Ducati, Harley-Davidson, Honda, Kawasaki, KTM, KYMCO, MV Agusta, Peugeot Scooters, Piaggio, Polaris Industries, Qooder, Renault, Royal Enfield, Suzuki, Triumph Motorcycles and Yamaha.

ACEM also represents 17 motorcycle industry associations in 16 different European countries.


ANCMA and EICMA launch campaign to encourage two-wheeler use to cope with deconfinement mobility challenges
08 May 2020

#usaledueruote, “use two-wheelers”, is the claim of the campaign launched by Confindustria ANCMA (the Italian national association of bicycles, motorcycles and accessories manufacturers) and EICMA, the most important international show in the sector.

The whole sector in Italy comes together and launches a message to raise awareness on the responsible use of two wheels to cope with mobility in the so called ‘Phase 2’.

The campaign was launched on 7 May on the digital platforms of the promoting organisations and manufacturers, together with the logo of the initiative and a video. In the coming weeks, it will further develop on the theme “Mettiamoci in sella” (let’s saddle up).


The ANCMA President, Paolo Magri, said “Bicycles, scooters and motorbikes guarantee natural social distancing, greater environmental sustainability, faster travelling times over short and long distances and easy parking; they are also well suited to intermodal transport and have a lower impact on urban traffic, which is also severely affected by the scaling down of public transport.”

“Two-wheeled vehicles,” added Magri, “were a collective symbol of a new start after the Second World War and they can be that once again. Ours is not only an initiative to protect a sector which has been severely affected by the lockdown, and for which we are continuing to ask the government for urgent forms of incentives for purchase, it is also addressed to those who own and use two-wheels, to potential users or simply to citizens who have to dust off an unused bike or motorbike in their garage.”

Press contact

Alessandro Re

ANCMA press officer
+39 33 97 24 65 02


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Documents available to download

Press release - Phase 2, Confindustria ANCMA and EICMA launch #usaledueruote campaign - EN [PDF]

Press release - Fase 2, Confindustria ANCMA ed EICMA lanciano la campagna #usaledueruote - IT [PDF]

ACEM statistics - Next market registrations figures to be issued in late May
04 May 2020

Due to the COVID-19 situation, ACEM will delay the release of its quarterly motorcycle and moped registration data. The challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic, including gathering and analyzing national data, mean that some additional time for quality checks is needed.

The ACEM statistics team is working to release the market data as soon as possible. The upcoming statistical release will include registration figures for the first 3 months of 2020, as well as for April 2020. This release will be issued at the end of this month.

Commenting on the statistical release, ACEM Secretary General, Antonio Perlot, said: “Inevitably the disruption caused by the pandemic means we will need some extra time to quality check some of our data before publication. The pandemic has also created some difficulties for some of our data suppliers”.

“As we anticipated, many European markets have been negatively affected by the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus. Detailed registration data together with our assesment of the situation will be made available as soon as possible”.

Press contact

Manuel Ordonez de Barraicua
ACEM communications manager

+32 496 52 65 17

ACEM position paper - Electric mobility and PTWs. The role of ePTWs in sustainable mobility
29 Apr 2020

With the European Commission’s renewed commitment for a “European Green Deal”, EU institutions have strengthened their determination to ensure greater deployment of electrically chargeable vehicles in the next decade.

ACEM members are also fully committed to the further decarbonisation of road transport and believe that the EU - as well as its Member States - should play a key role in removing obstacles to the electrification of vehicles and ensuring favourable market conditions for the uptake of new mobility technologies.

Documents available to download

ACEM position paper - Electric mobility and PTWs. The role of ePTWs in sustainable mobility [pdf]

The International Motorcycle Manufacturers Association appoints Rakesh Sharma as President
23 Apr 2020

The International Motorcycle Manufacturers Association (IMMA) has elected Rakesh Sharma, Bajaj Auto Executive Director, as the new president for a 2-year mandate.

The decision was taken by IMMA General Assembly, held by correspondence on 21 April due to the COVID-19 crisis.

Mr Rakesh Sharma joined Bajaj Auto in October 2007 as President (International Business) and is currently the Executive Director. He is a member of the Board of Commissioners of PT Bajaj Auto Indonesia, a subsidiary of Bajaj Auto Ltd and the Chairman of the Exports Council of SIAM, the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers.

Mr Sharma previously held office as Vice-President in IMMA, elected in May 2019. In his new role, he succeeds Mr Johannes Loman, Director of PT Astra International Tbk and Executive Vice President Director PT Astra Honda Motor (AHM) Indonesia, and President of FAMI - Federation of Asian Motorcycle Industries and President of AISI, the Indonesian Motorcycle Industry Association.


On being elected, Mr Sharma said “Indeed these are very challenging times and I take up this prestigious appointment fully conscious of the role the motorcycle industry has to play both as a key industry and a responsible member of society. Whilst we are facing numerous difficulties, we can also see that in due course new but different opportunities will emerge. The role of national, regional and global associations such as SIAM and IMMA is now more important than ever and we will work hard to ensure we play a strong and responsible role in the recovery.’’

Mr Loman stated, ‘’IMMA aims to advance the sustainable growth of the two-wheeler industry in every region of the world. We are fortunate to have Mr Sharma with his wide international experience in the two and three- wheeler industry, to steer IMMA through the difficult times and be the trusted global voice of motorcycle manufacturers. I look forward to working with Mr Sharma in my role as FAMI representative in IMMA’s Steering Committee’’.

Antonio Perlot, Secretary General of the European Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers (ACEM), said: “I first of all wish to thank Mr. Loman for his commitment during the FAMI Presidency, where many challenges were identified as benefiting from exchanges and coordination within IMMA. We congratulate Mr. Sharma on his election and we wish him success in continuing to drive IMMA forward, in the technical and policy areas, in particular within current extraordinary circumstances linked to COVID-19.”


Read the news on IMMA website

About IMMA

The International Motorcycle Manufacturers Association (IMMA) represents the powered two- and three-wheelers manufacturing industry at global level. It promotes mobility through safe, sustainable motorcycling by advocating the development and harmonisation of technical regulations affecting the motorcycle industry and by advancing inclusive policies for motorcycling.

Press contact

Manuel Ordonez de Barraicua
ACEM communications manager

+32 496 52 65 17

ACEM press statement - Impacts of the COVID-19 crisis on the motorcycle sector
23 Mar 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented crisis that is inflicting considerable damage to the health of citizens across the world and threatening global economic stability. Policy makers at the European level and national authorities are working together to address these two major challenges. Industrial and retail sectors are already severely impacted, including those within the motorcycle industry.

Every effort is being taken by the motorcycle industry to protect our employees and customers. Public health and safety is the number one priority of us all; notwithstanding this need, preservation of the European economy and the protection of jobs are also paramount.

The current situation is particularly challenging for motorcycle dealers and manufacturers. The ongoing pandemic has severely disrupted supply chains, manufacturing operations and the development of new Euro 5 models. This disruption, in addition to virus containment measures taken in factories, has led to a near complete standstill of the industry in many countries.

The recent lock-down and stringent measures to contain the pandemic have also paralyzed motorcycle retail business activity. This is progressively affecting all European markets, creating unsettling uncertainties for the motorcycle sector. The COVID-19 crisis is placing dealerships, most of which are small family-run operations, under extreme financial hardship. Immediate cashflow concerns will need to be addressed through support measures in every impacted country.

Against this background, the motorcycle industry urgently calls on the European Commission and national administrations to swiftly adopt all necessary measures to help the sector come through this unprecedented crisis. The motorcycle sector is ready to work with all policy makers to achieve this aim, protecting the 300,000 jobs linked to this industry.


Stefan Pierer, ACEM President and CEO of KTM AG, said:

“The COVID-19 crisis will test our ability to cope simultaneously with a major health and economic crisis. ACEM members are fully cooperating with authorities to slow the spread of COVID-19. We take care that our employees and partners are safe, and count on policy-makers to find solutions in the challenging weeks and months that are ahead of us in order to break the wave that may otherwise hit the sector”.

Antonio Perlot, ACEM Secretary General, said:

“ACEM is engaging with our partners in the EU and national administrations to find solutions to this unprecedented challenge. Things are evolving rapidly and ACEM is closely monitoring the situation, in tight cooperation with industry associations across Europe and vehicle manufacturers. We call on policy-makers to work together and adopt the necessary measures to protect our citizens and economies in the short and longer term”.

Documents available to download

ACEM press statement - COVID-19 impacts on the motorcycle sector [PDF]

Press contact

Manuel Ordonez de Barraicua
ACEM communications manager
+32 496 52 65 17

Motorcycles registrations in the European Union increased by 8% in 2019
11 Feb 2020

A total of 1,079,524 motorcycles were registered in 2019 in the EU according to the final figures published today by the European Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers (ACEM). This represents an increase of 8% compared to 2018 numbers. The largest motorcycle markets in Europe in 2019 were: Italy (231,712 units), France (197,470 units) and Spain (177,037 motorcycles). Motorcycle figures include both two- and three-wheeled vehicles with an engine capacity above 50cc as well as electric motorcycles.

Moped registrations in the EU also grew by 11%

The European moped market rose from 272,338 units in 2018 to 303,152 in 2019. This represents an increase of 11.3%. The largest markets for mopeds in Europe were: France (91,043), Netherlands (62,340), Belgium (27,073), Germany (25,247) and Italy (21,133).

Registrations of electric motorcycles and mopeds increased in 2019 in the EU

In addition, the European electric motorcycle market grew from 6,901 units in 2018 to 14,111 units in 2019 (+104.48%). However, it remains at niche levels. Only 1.3% of all motorcycles registered in Europe in 2019 were electric. Registrations of electric mopeds in the EU increased substantially from 39,940 units in 2018 to 59,776 units in 2019 (+49.7%). The electric quadricycle market dropped from 3,184 units to 2,816 (-11.6%).


Commenting on the latest market trends ACEM Secretary General Antonio Perlot said:

“The increase in the market experienced in 2019 exceeds all expectations. Ten years after the crisis, which had also seriously impacted the motorcycle sector, it is confirmation of the return to a general, positive attitude towards consumption.

It also shows that the interest in motorcycles and mopeds is growing, both for commuting and leisure. This is partly a reflection of the move to the EURO 4 environmental standard which, by now, has been fully completed. With the recent application of the EURO 5 and the related launch on the market of new motorcycle models, this positive trend should be expected to continue in 2020.

The growth in the moped segment also confirms a renewed interest in light urban mobility solutions, particularly as regards the niche electric vehicle sector. Overall, due to the replacement of older vehicles in the fleet, this will improve the contribution of motorcycles and mopeds to cleaner, more efficient mobility.”.

Documents available to download

ACEM - Statistical press release - January - December 2019 [xls]

ACEM - Statistical press release - January - December 2019 - EN [pdf]

ACEM - Statistical press release - January - December 2019 - FR [pdf]

ACEM - Statistical press release - January - December 2019 - ES [pdf]

ACEM - Statistical press release - January - December 2019 - IT [pdf]

Press contact

For further information or to receive future market updates, news or press releases please contact:
Ilaria Balloni. ACEM communications assistant
P. +32 22 30 97 32

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