Market overview motor caravans
The motor caravan market has increased steadily since the 2008 financial crisis, and is driving the industry from one record result to another. The Federal Motor Transport Authority in Flensburg reported a total of 28,348 newly registered motor caravans in Germany in 2015, which re-presents an increase of 10.1 percent over 2014 (25,746 units). The new federal states made up 8.8 percent of this registration figure. As expected, most of the motor caravans were registered in North Rhine-Westphalia (5,956 vehicles), followed by Bavaria (5,612 units) and Baden-Württemberg (4,812 units).
Steady growth in foreign markets and the continued record-breaking figures in the domestic market resulted in a production of 46,488 motor caravans, which corresponds to a growth rate of 19.2 percent compared to 2014 (39,000 units). During the first half of 2015, the change in production was still approximately 14 percent compared to the previous year’s result. This means that production by German manufacturers underwent another significant increase in the second half of 2015. The export share for 2015 has been quantified at 42.4 percent. A fairly significant portion of this production increase in 2015 consisted of export-bound units, as approximately 19,700 motor caravans were exported abroad (+13 percent).
The total number of motor caravans in Germany as of the closing date of 1 January 2015 can be quantified at 392,003 vehicles based on the information from the Federal Motor Transport Authority in Flensburg. The most motor caravan-friendly federal state in 2015 was North Rhine--Westphalia with 81,272 vehicles, followed by Bavaria (76,078 units) and Baden-Württemberg (60,942 units). This means that more than 55 percent of all motor caravans that have been reported are registered in the three leading federal states. At 31,355 motor cara-vans, the new federal states make up 8 percent of the total volume. A total of 324,898 motor caravans are registered in the weight class of up to 3.5 tonnes of admissible gross weight, almost 83 percent of the total number. The CIVD estimates that the number of actually used motor caravans is approximately 450,000. The fifth record result in as many years for the German motor caravan market, empty used vehicle lots and an excellent order intake in the spring of 2016 have the caravanning industry looking forward to a positive future.