Monthly Registrations

This overview shows the new registrations of motor caravans and caravans in Germany.

Due to VAT increase and closed dealerships: new registrations fall in February

New registrations of leisure vehicles fell by 13.2 percent in February compared to the same month last year. There are two reasons for this. Due to the re-increase of VAT from 16 to 19 percent on 1 January, many vehicle purchases were brought forward into the old year, as the December figures show. The effects of this one-time effect could already be observed in January, but should soon mitigate. The continued closure of motor vehicle dealerships in February to combat the Corona pandemic had a strong impact. Although pre-ordered vehicles could still be delivered, consultations and sales talks were prohibited.

6,229 newly registered leisure vehicles are, however, the second-best February result in the history of the caravanning industry. The temporary decline at the beginning of 2021 (minus 11.2 percent) had been expected and is put into perspective when looking at the caravanning season that started in September (plus 47.8 percent) and the past twelve months (plus 25.7 percent).

Also in February, caravan registrations down sharply

The increase in VAT and the closure of caravanning dealerships had a particularly strong impact on caravans. New registrations in February fell by almost 38 percent to 2,046 units. This loss equals the minus since the beginning of the year. However, looking at the caravanning season as a whole, new registrations are up by 5.4 percent. This also applies to the previous twelve months (plus 1.6 percent).

New registrations of motor caravans with historically strong results

For the reasons mentioned above, new registrations of motorhomes were also down by 3.1 percent. However, 4,934 vehicles registered for the first time is a very strong result – the second-best to be precise – for the month of February. This becomes clear when compared with February 2019, which new registrations exceeded by about 50 per cent. For the calendar year 2021 to date, new registrations are virtually on par with last year’s record (down 0.5 percent), with 8,257 new makes registered. Looking at the season with an outstanding increase of almost 70 percent and the past twelve months with an increase of nearly 40 percent also speaks a clear language.

Newly registered leisure vehicles in Germany

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Caravans
2018 2019 2020 2021 Dif. %
Month February 1.466 1.839 2.085 1.295 -37,9
                   
Calendar year January - February 2.330 2.783 3.300 2.046 -38,0
                   
3 Months December 559 634 753 1.368 +81,7
January 864 944 1.215 751 -38,2
February 1.466 1.839 2.085 1.295 -37,9
Total 2.889 3.417 4.053 3.414 -15,8
                   
2017/'182018/'192019/'202020/'21 Dif. %
                   
Season September - February 6.1006.9218.0748.509 +5,4
                   
12 Months March - February 23.122 24.780 27.458 27.894 +1,6
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Motor Caravans
2018 2019 2020 2021 Dif. %
Month February 3.432 3.311 5.093 4.934 -3,1
                   
Calendar year January - February 5.326 5.396 8.296 8.257 -0,5
                   
3 Months December 1.284 1.462 1.676 4.985 +197,4
January 1.894 2.085 3.203 3.323 +3,7
February 3.432 3.311 5.093 4.934 -3,1
Total 6.610 6.858 9.972 13.242 +32,8
                   
2017/'182018/'192019/'202020/'21 Dif. %
                   
Season September - February 12.03713.44116.75828.200 +68,3
                   
12 Months March - February 42.331 46.929 56.822 78.016 +37,3

Newly registered leisure vehicles in Germany

Source: CIVD evaluation of figures from the Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA)
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