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More than 1,209,000 motorcycles and moped registered in Europe in 2015
17 Feb 2016

New motorcycle and moped registrations increased by 5.1% in 2015 compared to the same period last year to reach 1,213,748, according to figures released today by ACEM, the European Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers.

The country where with more vehicles registered was France (242,885 vehicles, -3.4%), followed by Italy (196,653 vehicles, +6.4%), Germany (184,299, +4.8%), Spain (148,488 units, +17.6%) and the UK (114,811, +12.8%). 

Strong growth in the motorcycle segment across Europe

Motorcycle registrations grew by 10.3% during 2015 compared to 2014. Italy was the country where most motorcycles were registered: 172,033 (+9.9%), followed by France (153,239 vehicles, -0.1%) and Germany (151,661, +7.1%).

The fourth and fifth place are for countries that attained double digit growth: Spain (132,532 vehicles, 18.9%) and the UK (105,417 vehicles, +15.6%). 

Moped registrations continue to decline in most European markets

The moped segment continued to decrease through 2015. A total of 328,305 mopeds were registered across the European Union (-6.7% on a year-on-year basis).

The largest market for mopeds were France (89,646 mopeds, -8.7%), the Netherlands (65,932 mopeds, +4.9%), Germany (32,638 mopeds, -4.6%), Poland (30,430 mopeds, -25.3%), and Italy (24,620 mopeds, -13.2%). Spain was the only large European market in which moped registrations increased in 2015: 15,956 units (+7.8%).

Comments from ACEM Secretary General

Commenting on the recent evolution of the European motorcycle and moped market ACEM Secretary General Antonio Perlot said:

“We will still need to wait until July 2016 to assess whether this is a real recovery, but the sector seems to have regained momentum in 2015. This was a very positive year for the industry, with registrations increasing in most European countries, particularly in large markets like Italy, Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom”.

“In any case, the sector still faces a delicate situation in Europe. In 2015 about 1.21 million vehicles were registered. That is still less than half the registration levels we saw before the economic crisis (2.43 million units in 2007).”

“This industry needs supportive policies that promote job creation in the manufacturing sector as well as vehicle exports to third countries”.


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Press contacts

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Manuel Ordonez de Barraicua. ACEM Communications Officer

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ACEM Secretary General outlines the priorities of the sector during the first GEAR 2030 meeting
15 Feb 2016

On 26 January 2016, ACEM Secretary General Antonio Perlot presented the motorcycle industries’ views on the present and future of the sector at the first meeting of the High Level Group GEAR 2030.

During his presentation Mr Perlot explained that the economic downturn has put considerable pressure on the sector and that there is a clear need for policies that create favourable and predictable conditions to help motorcycle manufacturers to continue investing in Europe.

Fair and balanced trade agreements, a clear and workable type-approval framework as well as market surveillance activities, were mentioned as good examples of some of the policies needed by the motorcycle industry.

Mr Perlot also emphasized that emerging technologies such as intelligent transport systems and, in the future, automated vehicles have a high safety potential for vulnerable road users. 

A space for cooperation between industry and policy-makers

Commenting on the first meeting of GEAR 2030, ACEM and BMW Motorrad President Stephan Schaller said:

“We welcome this major initiative and we will remain closely involved in the work done in GEAR 2030. It is particularly encouraging that the European Commission has decided to continue the good cooperation with ACEM members, and to follow up on the work done by the Cars 2020 forum”.

The European Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, Elżbieta Bieńkowska, said:

“I expect this group to develop a forward-looking agenda to fuel innovation, adapt to new trends and reinforce access to growth-driven markets. With this process I am also turning a new page in cooperation with the industry. I trust we can build a positive agenda”.

About GEAR 2030

The High Level Group GEAR 2030 is an EU initiative which will run for 2 years and will discuss and formulate recommendations to ensure that the European automotive industry remains competitive at the international stage.

The first GEAR 2030 meeting took place on 26 January 2016 and brought together several European associations including ACEM, ACEA and ETRMA, as well as representatives from Member States, trade unions, consumer organisations and NGOs.

The meeting was also attended by the several European Commissioners including Elżbieta Bieńkowska (Internal Market, Industry and Entrepreneurship); Günther Oettinger (Digital Economy and Society); Marianne Thyssen (Employment and Social Affairs); and Violeta Bulc (Mobility and Transport).


Further information

To see the full composition of the group please click here.

To learn more about GEAR 2030 please click here.

Powered-two- and three-wheeler registrations continue to increase in the EU: +3.9% during the first eleven months of 2015
17 Dec 2015

A total of 1,151,657 powered-two and three-wheelers were registered during the first eleven months of 2015 in the EU.

This represents an increase of 4.4% compared to the 1,102,996 vehicles registered during the same period of 2014.

Registrations performed positively in Spain (138,590 units, +16.7%), the UK (109,542 units, +12.7%), Italy (190,405 units, 6.2%), and Germany (176,711 units, +3.0%). They decreased in France (227,817 units, -4.2%).

Motorcycle registrations

Cumulative motorcycle registrations grew by 9.3% during the first eleven months of 2015 on a year-on year basis. A total of 846,087 motorcycles were registered between January and November 2015, against 774,387 during the same period of 2014.

Year-on-year motorcycle registrations increased in most key European markets, namely Spain (124,020 units, +18.0%), the UK (100,775 units, +15.6%), Italy (167,035 units, +9.8%), Germany (146,862 units, +6.1%).

Motorcycle registrations decreased in France (145,303 units, -0.8%).

Moped registrations

A total of 305,570 mopeds were registered during the first eleven months of 2015 in the EU, whilst 328,609 had been registered during the same period of 2014.

This represents a decrease of 7.0%. Registrations increased in Spain (14,570, +6.2%), although they decreased in Germany (29,849 units, -10.0%), France (82,514 units, -9.5%), the UK (8,767 units, -12.7%), and Italy (23,370 units, -14.1%).

Powered-two- and three-wheeler registrations in the EU continue to increase by 3.9% during the first ten months of 2015
16 Dec 2015

A total of 1,091,956 powered-two and three-wheelers were registered during the first ten months of 2015 in the EU.

This represents an increase of 3.9% compared to the 1,051,142 vehicles registered during the same period of 2014.

Registrations performed positively in Spain (128,830 units, +17.2%), the UK (102,774 units, +12.5%), Italy (181,697 units, 5.6%), and Germany (173,027 units, +3.7%). They decreased in France (214,841 units, -4.2%).

Motorcycle registrations

Cumulative motorcycle registrations grew by 9.2% during the first ten months of 2015 on a year-on year basis.

A total of 807,239 motorcycles were registered between January and October 2015, against 739,486 during the same period of 2014.

Year-on-year motorcycle registrations increased in most key European markets, namely Spain (115,390 units, +18.8%), the UK (94,721 units, +15.4%), Italy (159,614 units, +9.1%), Germany (143,178 units, +6.2%). Motorcycle registrations decreased in France (137,713 units, -0.9%).

Moped registrations

A total of 284,717 mopeds were registered during the first ten months of 2015 in the EU, whilst 311,656 had been registered during the same period of 2014.

This represents a decrease of 8.6%. Registrations increased in Spain (13,440, +5.7%), although they decreased in Germany (29,849 units, -6.5%), France (77,128 units, -9.4%), the UK (8,053 units, -13.1%), and Italy (22,083 units, -14.6%).


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ACEM President Stephan Schaller discusses the outlook for the motorcycle industry in Pan European Networks
11 Dec 2015

Pan European Networks interviewed ACEM and BMW Motorrad President Stephan Schaller to get his views on the outlook for the motorcycle industry.

The interview, published in the November 2015 edition of Pan European networks, focuses on recent developments in the L-category industry, how European research can help the industry to develop new vehicle concepts, and the current situation of the European market for mopeds, motorcycles, tricycles and quadricycles.

Michael Brennan, the editor of Pan European Networks, and Mr Schaller also discussed the importance of the European Commission's international trade agenda for the industry, as well as private and public cooperation in other policy areas.

To read the full interview, please click here...


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European Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship announces official launch of Gear 2030
10 Dec 2015

Today Elżbieta Bieńkowska, European Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, announced the official launch of the new European Commission high level group for the automotive sector (relevant Commissioners, Ministers, NGOs): ‘GEAR 2030’.

GEAR 2030 aims to develop recommendations to tackle the main challenges the automotive sector will face in the next 10 years. Automation, in particular, is a major trend that will be looked at by GEAR 2030 as it will enable for safer and more efficient vehicles, therefore strengthening the sector.

Legislative hurdles, infrastructure investments and product liability issues, to name a few, are all key aspects that need settling before the sector is able to put autonomous vehicles on the market. The event was designed to highlight the role that driverless cars could play in enabling safer and more efficient mobility, while also addressing legislative and consumer challenges posed by this new technology.

Commissioner Bieńkowska, was invited to take a ride in a fully autonomous car on the highway around Munich airport.

Commenting on the launch of GEAR 2030 and car automation, Ms Bieńkowska said: “Driverless cars represent a new opportunity for the mobility of Europeans and the competitiveness of European automotive industry. However, there must be careful thought into creating the best legislative and policy framework as this technology becomes a reality and users must be at the heart of this deployment.”

About the Forum for Mobility and Society

The Forum for Mobility and Society (FMS) brings together the transport and mobility community to debate, draw long-term perspectives and develop visions for tomorrow’s mobility.

The FMS gathers Europe’s key institutional actors including Members of the European Parliament, representatives from the European Commission, industry experts and society at large. It does not seek to give a definitive outlook on a particular topic, but examines current debates on mobility issues from a variety of perspectives so that new solutions may be found.

The FMS regularly organises conferences, panel discussions, workshops, networking events and visits for its members and wider stakeholder community. The wide range of events aims to foster lively discussions on complex matters.

About 300 motorcyclist improved their riding skills thanks to ANESDOR and the Catalan Traffic Service
04 Dec 2015

On 25 November 2015 ANESDOR and the Catalan Traffic Service, Servei Català de Trànsit, completed the first round of Formació 3.0., a training programme that aims at improving motorcyclists’ riding skills in different parts of Spain.

Helping riders to improve their skills

A total of 287 motorcyclists participated in the first 7 sessions of Formació 3.0. This training programme allowed motorcyclists to practice their riding skills on some of the more popular back roads in the provinces of Barcelona, Girona, Lleida and Tarragona.

All riding sessions were video-recorded, shown to participants and analysed. Motorcyclists received detailed and tailored feedback from specialist motorcycle trainers and members of the regional Catalonian police, the Mossos d’Esquadra.

Some of the areas where further improvement for riders was needed included: braking techniques, cornering speed, use of available space on the road, vehicle maintenance, and anticipation of possible dangerous situations on the road.

A joint initiative between ANESDOR and the Catalan Traffic Service

Formació 3.0 is a joint initiative between ANESDOR and the Catalan Traffic Service (SCT).

It is also part of ACEM’s efforts to enhance cooperation between national administrations, vehicle users and industry representatives to improve motorcycling safety across Europe.

Formació 3.0 training sessions were funded by the SCT.

Quotes

Commenting on the training programme, ANESDOR’s Secretary General, José María Riaño, said: “Thanks to this program hundreds of motorists had an excellent opportunity to improve their riding skills in a setting where they ride frequently during the weekends: the back roads of the Catalan country side”.

“Advanced training for motorcyclists is essential to prevent riding mistakes and to reduce the possibility of a fatal accident”.

The Director of the Catalan Traffic Service, Eugenia Domenech, said: “We want this programme to become a tool to help motorcyclists to improve their riding techniques and their safety on the roads, whilst enjoying a safe ride”.


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About ANESDOR

ANESDOR is the industry association that represents the interests of the powered-two and three-wheeler industry in Spain. The association, which was founded in 1954, brings together vehicle manufacturers and importers, as well as companies that manufacture vehicle parts and components.

www.anesdor.com

How off-road sports can boost local economies in the UK
06 Nov 2015

The Skegness Annual Beach Race, which takes place on 7 and 8 November, is helping to extend the tourist season, according to a report by East Lindsey District Council. Last year’s race attracted over 20,000 spectators – the largest number to date.

The event is popular with both out of town visitors and local residents, injecting nearly 750,000 pounds into the local economy.

The race is organised by the Amateur Motorcycle Association (AMCA), a not for profit organisation which exists to promote grass roots participation in off-road motorcycle sport, particularly motocross. 

What local authorities think

Commenting on the event, Councillor Adam Grist, now Portfolio Holder for Market Towns and Rural Economy, said:

“Since the race first came to Skegness in 2010, AMCA has helped to provide a huge boost to the town at a traditionally quieter time of year – last year with upwards of 20,000 people attending the two day event.

“This provides an increased footfall in the town which supports local businesses, amenities and attractions with people staying, eating and shopping locally".

Town Manager Lisa Collins explained it was particularly helpful to seaside traders: “(The Race) is helping Skegness extend its traditional visitor season: it allows traders to remain open for an extra weekend, in particular the traditional seaside traders on the seafront”.

“It is key to the town’s future that we retain such events to actively promote Skegness as an all year round visitor destination.” 

Empowering local authorities to organise motor sport events

UK Government research informed last year’s decision to pass legislation making it easier for local authorities to stage their own motorsport events.

The UK Government press release which announced the introduction of new legislation included this statement from Roads Minister Robert Goodwill:

“Motor sport events are great fun, extremely popular and make a valuable contribution to the economy. Allowing local authorities to organise carefully managed motor sports events is great news for the industry and will potentially benefit local communities around Great Britain.”

More information

You can find out more about the beach race here: http://amca.uk.com/beach-racing/skegness-beach-race 

To learn more about MCIA and AMCA please contact Stevie Muir on +44 (0) 79 89 37 85 97 or email her at  

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