Associazione Nazionale Filiera Industria Automobilistica (ANIFA) has published the figures for the commercial vehicle and bus sector for May with the commercial vehicle market recording a double-digit year-on-year increase of 10.7% as 2,440 vehicles were registered. Nevertheless the sector is still lagging behind 2022’s performance with it ending May -2.2% on 2021’s standpoint.
Geopolitical Situation and Economic Tensions Continue to Disrupt
Drilling down further into the weight classes, the picture is quite mixed across the board. For example, vehicles over 5 tonnes and up to 6 tonnes have recorded year-to-date improvements of 74.1%, whilst commercial vehicles between 8 and 11.5 tonnes and between 3.5 and 5 tonnes have experienced 27.2% and 40% declines respectively. This is further amplified by construction vehicles and road tractor seeing a year-to-date jumps of 5.6% and 1.3%, whilst on the other hand rigid trucks have seen a drop in sales of around 6%.
As for trailers, May saw 1,791 registrations helping the it reach 7,341 registrations by the end of the first five months which is 12.2% ahead of 2021’s position.
Luca Sra, a delegate for ANIFA gave some comments on May’s registration figures, “The sales figures for May show a market recovering slightly from April with it still holding a negative year-to-date balance for the first five months. These dynamics are strongly influenced by the geopolitical and economic tensions in the sector.”
Bus registrations saw a year-on-year fall of 23.6% in May as 214 units were registered leaving the sector trailing 2021’s benchmark by 15.8%. A source of comfort for May’s registrations will be the performance of minibuses which saw a 52% bump in sales.
On the performance in the bus sector, Giovanni Filippis, the President of the Bus Department at ANIFA said, “There is still a negative trend in the bus sector due to the realignment of production chains following the impact of the pandemic and the conflict which is still affecting the supply chain.”