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European caravan market is still on the up

Date: 29/07/2015
Source: ECF

The European caravan market is going from strength to strength. The European Caravan Federation (ECF) has announced a significant rise in leisure vehicle registrations between January and May this year. In total there were 78,014 new registrations of caravans and motorcaravans, a rise of 6.8%. This is encouraging confirmation of last month’s registration figures and shows the continuing upward trend of the European caravanning industry so far this year.
In the first five months of the year, the traditionally strong caravanning markets in Germany, Great Britain and France provided the momentum for this growth in Europe. Great Britain announced the biggest growth with 14,750 vehicles, up 9.4%. Germany had the most registrations with 25,816 new caravans and motorcaravans, an increase of 8.5% compared with the same period last year. A total of 13,189 new registrations for leisure vehicles was recorded in France in the first five months of the year, an increase of 6.3% compared with the previous year.

Between January and May, there was significant growth in registrations of caravans in the all-important markets of Germany and Great Britain: 9,852 outfits were registered in Germany (up 10.8%), and 9,750 outfits in Great Britain (up 5.3%). The first days of summer brought a welcome improvement in the number of registrations in the Netherlands: the formerly buoyant market has experienced years of sluggish sales but, with 3,374 registrations (up 4.9%), the signs are that the market is now beginning to pick up.

A more reassuring economic situation in many parts of Europe gives people an incentive to contemplate the caravanners’ philosophy of “Freedom, Nature and Independence“ once more, which bodes well for the future of the European leisure vehicle market.