An excellent year for the European caravanning industry
Individual markets weaken due to special situations and one-off effects
Although sales were extremely brisk in the medium sized motor caravan and caravan markets, they were stagnant in the largest ones, namely France and the UK, where sales of new vehicles amounted to 31,495 and 33,608 units respectively. The shadow cast by Brexit was one reason for the nearly 4.4 percent sales decline in the UK, whereas France achieved results nearly on a par with its excellent showing last year (sales off 1.6 percent). Sales in 2019 declined substantially in Norway and Sweden, following a number of years of exceptionally strong sales growth. In Sweden, a significantly higher tax on newly registered motor caravans came into force in mid-2018, which is why many consumers decided to purchase a new motor caravan earlier than they might otherwise have done. But this reduced the number of such purchases made in Sweden in 2019 – in all likelihood a situation that will right itself going forward.
Record sales of new motor caravans
Europa: Newly registered motor caravans
Demand for caravans in Europe continues to rise
Europe: Newly registered caravans