Sales and registrations statistics of L-category vehicles for the full year 2013 will be published by ACEM in the “Market figures” section of this website during the last week of January. The data will include PTW registrations and deliveries, production and circulating park figures as well as a top 10 ranking of models sold in Europe’s main markets.
Sales of L-category vehicles went down by 14.1% between January and November 2013, compared to the same period in the previous year. This value is identical to the one registered for the period January-October. Similarly to previous months, sales in the motorcycle segment diminished less (-11%) than in the moped sector more (-20%) on a year-to-date basis.
The Committee of Permanent Representatives (COREPER I) examined and endorsed the final compromise text, which was agreed by the Lithuanian Presidency and the European Parliament on the Roadworthiness legislative package, which consists of three legislative proposals aimed to upgrade regulatory requirements for inspection of in-use vehicles (periodic technical inspections and roadside inspections of commercial vehicles) and registration documents.
The ACEM Secretariat is pleased to announce that Thomas Vercammen has been appointed as ACEM’s Technical Officer. A Belgian automotive engineer with experience in engine emissions development and vehicle regulations and homologation, fluent in 5 languages, Thomas combines a breadth of professional EU affairs and diverse public affairs experience across Europe.
Manufacturers of Powered Two-Wheelers and equipment, insurers, and users’ associations joined forces with the French Government to promote appropriate equipment for motorcyclists in France. Frédéric Péchenard, Interministerial Delegate for Road Safety, and Thierry Archambault, President and delegate of CSIAM (Chambre Syndicale Internationale de l’Automobile et du Motocycle), in partnership with manufacturers, suppliers, insurers, charities, users’ and prevention associations, have signed on December 3rd a national charter with the aim of encouraging users of powered two-wheelers to buy and wear protective clothing.
After a long legislative process, almost completed, the European Union is setting itself to implement the new regulatory framework for the type approval of motorcycles. The scenario awaiting the sector for the next decade has been discussed in Milan on the 6th of November on the occasion of the 71st International Motorcycle Exhibition, bringing together policy makers and industry.
October ends with -14.1% YTD, with motorcycles' registrations indicating a stabilisation for the second consecutive month. The EU rate at which the EU motorcycle market has been dropping since 2008 seems to have slowed down as sales of L-category vehicles in October contribute to improve the poor performance accumulated during the first months of 2013.
Q3 2013 ends with a -14.7% YTD, and -12% reduction compared to the same quarter in 2012. Despite these little encouraging indicators, the degradation affecting the EU motorcycle market seems to have slowed down as sales of L-category vehicles in September are down by 8.5% compared to September 2012. A growth can be reported for September (10.2%) compared to the previous month.