The decline of PTW registrations in the countries monitored by ACEM, settled at -12.57% during the first three quarters of 2012. The two-digit drop, albeit sizeable, marks a stabilization of the negative trend observed since the beginning of the year.
The decoupling of the motorcycle and moped segments has become more apparent, also highlighting the divergent performance of southern and northern markets. Motorcycles’ sales are up in Austria (8.8%), Norway (4.3%), UK (1.6%) and Germany (0.3%), while the moped segment is bearing the brunt of the crisis: Greece -42%, Italy -31.6%, Spain -19.2%, The Netherlands -16.2%.
Overall, during the first three quarters of 2012 motorcycles over 50cc shrunk by 10.3%, while mopeds saw a decline of 16.5% compared to the same period in 2011.
France, Europe's largest market, reports a 9.5% fall in sales year to date, while for the same period in Germany registrations declined by 3.4%.
Southern markets perform similarly but with greater amplitude: Italy with a -22%, Spain (-18.4%) and Greece, -34%. This performance can be linked to the overall economic difficulties in these countries.
In the United Kingdom PTW sales are back in the black at 0.3%, after a brief summer slow-down.
In September 2012 104,686 PTWs were sold in the countries monitored by the quarterly report of ACEM’s statistical service, compared to 131.483 in September last year, representing a 20.4% drop in volumes for the same month.
Extra EU countries continue on a positive trend: Switzerland (+5.6%) and Norway (+6.3%).