Record-Breaking Year for Caravanning Industry

The number of newly registered leisure vehicles in Germany increased by over 12 percent in 2018. Nearly 47,000 motor caravans and over 24,000 caravans present a new all-time high. The past year was already the fifth consecutive year of growth.

The European market for both, the motor caravan and caravan segment, posted a strong increase of almost 7 percent in 2018. For the first time since 2007 new registrations went up to over 200,000 vehicles. Notably, almost all national markets were on the plus side.

The export of German leisure vehicles grew by over 7 percent in 2018. Last year, the German caravanning industry grossed an all-time high of more than 11 billion euros. Turnover increased by over 9 percent. All three business divisions — new vehicles, used vehicles and accessories — developed positively. The industry completed the year with a new revenue record for the fifth time in a row.

The past record-breaking year leaves the German caravanning industry optimistic for the year ahead. German manufacturers of leisure vehicles expect a continuance of the sales rise and estimate a further growth in the export business.