Market overview motor caravans
The German motor caravan market is chasing one record after another. The Federal Motor Transport Authority in Flensburg identified a total of 35,135 newly registered motor caravans for 2016, which represents a growth of 23.9 per cent compared to the previous year’s result (28,348 units). This means that in terms of registrations, the motor caravan market in Germany doubled in size between 2009 (17,556 units) and 2016. With the new federal states experienced an above-average growth rate of 29.5 per cent compared to the previous year. The average growth rate of 23.2 per cent in the old federal states was almost at the level of the national average. The largest number of motor caravans in use in Germany was again found in North Rhine-Westphalia (7,497 units), followed by Bavaria (6,791 units) and Baden-Württemberg (5,963 units).
Exploding domestic demand and higher sales in neighbouring European countries had the effect of raising production numbers once again to 57,349 motor caravans.This means that production in 2016 increased by 19.2 per cent compared to 2015. The level of production was virtually even in the first, second and fourth quarters. It was only in the third quarter of 2016 that production numbers for motor caravans fell due to annual work holidays. Exports grew by 10.7 per cent in 2016 compared to the previous year’s results. A total of 23,767 motor caravans were exported abroad. In 2016, the highest number of motor caravans were exported to France (4,330units), followed by Sweden (3,102 units) and Switzerland (3,036 units).
Similarly, the total number of vehicles in Germany,which the Federal Motor Transport Authority in Flensburg calculated at 417,297 motor caravans as of the closing date of 1 January 2016, was also positively influenced by the enormous growth in registrations. As of 1 January 2016, the number of motor caravans in use roseby 6.5 per cent compared to the previous year’s figure (392,003 units). A total of 34,548 vehicles were registered in the new federal states as of the closing date of 1 January 2016, which represents an increase of 10.2 per cent compared to the previous year’s closing date. A total of 345,656 motor caravans were registered in the weight class for up to 3.5 tonnes in permissible gross weight, which represents a share of 82.8 per cent of the total number in use. The KBA does not include motorcaravans that were registered and de-registered during the year, and it does not factor in motor caravans registeredas passenger cars, lorries or business vans either. Therefore, the CIVD has projected an actual figure of 460,000 motor caravans in use.