The latest quarterly EU new registrations data released by the Association des Constructeurs Européens de Motocycles (ACEM), the Brussels based international motorcycle industry trade association, put EU new motorcycle registrations at 830,694 units for the first nine months of the year, a +8.2 percent increase.
With 186,487 units (a +5.1 percent increase on a year-on-year basis) Italy remains the largest European motorcycle market, followed by France (146,276 motorcycles, +10 percent), Germany (140,628 motorcycles, +11.1 percent), Spain (113,650 motorcycles, +8 percent) and the UK (83,155 motorcycles, +3.7 percent).
Motorcycle registrations increased in all EU countries, with the exception of Poland, where they went down by -2.3 percent.
The European moped market reached 209,562 units during the first nine months of 2018. This represents a decrease of around -26.1 percent compared to the registration levels of the first nine months of 2017 (283,399 units). The largest markets for mopeds in Europe were: France (51,498 units), Netherlands (47,260 units), Germany (20,133 units), Italy (16,118 units) and Belgium (15,992 units).
The moped market saw transition from Euro 3 to Euro 4 engine emissions compliance take effect on Jan. 1, 2018 – 12 months later than for motorcycles.
Combined registrations of electric mopeds, motorcycles and quadricycles reached 36,270 units during the first nine months of 2018. This represents a substantial increase of +52.8 percent compared to the registration levels of the same period of 2017 (23,722 units).
Most of the electric L-category vehicles registered in 2018 are mopeds (26,210 units), followed by motorcycles (7,652 units) and a much smaller number of quadricycles (about 2,408 units).
Source: International Dealer News