2016 Another Year of Records for Caravanning Industry
The German caravanning industry ups the ante after an extremely successful year 2015 and achieves a strong plus of 16.4 percent in 2016. The industry accomplished its best year since 1991 with 54,883 newly registered RVs and fell only 98 vehicles short to tie the record of 1991.
Again, the motor caravan section increased very strongly. 35,135 newly registered vehicles mean a whopping growth of 23.9 percent compared to the record-breaking year 2015. All four quarters and all months except December reached an all-time high. Never before have more motor caravans be registered in Germany in a single year.
Caravans achieved a plus of 5.1 percent. With 19,745 new registrations, this sector accomplished growth for three straight years. The first three quarters of last year topped the same period of 2015. The fourth quarter 2015 was above the figure for 2016 only due to a distortion of the statistic caused by the expiration of type approvals in 2015. Thus, the comeback of the caravan (18.5 percent increase since 2013) continued in 2016.
2017 starts with growth – despite sub-zero temperatures
The caravanning industry continues its course for growth in the first month of the new year. In January, 624 caravans and 1,252 motor caravans have been newly registered. That means an increase of 9.5 and 3.6 percent respectively despite wintry weather all over Germany. Regarding the “caravanning season” (since September), new registrations of motor caravans achieved a strong plus of 21.8 percent.