Market overview motor caravans

The success story of the motor caravan began in the early 1970s with approximately 1,000 newly registered caravans, so that, at this point in time, one could not yet speak of manufacturing on an industrial scale. By comparison, new registrations of caravans already totalled approximately 40,000 vehicles at that time. Even the global financial crisis in 2008/2009 reduced the number of new registrations only by 16 per cent. After the crisis, the figures increased each year, culminating –after seven record years – in 2017 in 40,568 newly registered motor caravans, which corresponded to an increase of 15.5 per cent over the previous year’s result (35,135 units). Initial results from sales analysts at the spring trade shows in 2018 point to further double-digit growth for 2018. This positive domestic demand, together with German manufacturers’ growing market share in other European countries, led to serious production bottlenecks and a lack of supply in the preowned vehicle market. In 2017, the production of motor caravans reached almost 70,000 units, which represents an increase of around 21 per cent compared to 2016 (57,350 units). The export share rose to 43.3 per cent in 2017 and demonstrates the important role of German products play in the European motor caravan market. Even within Germany, higher demand (also as a result of new entrants into the market) had a major impact on the number of vehicles in use. As of the closing date of 1 January 2017, the KBA in Flensburg reported 450,167 registered motor caravans, which is almost 35,000 more than the figure reported for the 2016 closing date (417,297 units). The growth rate was therefore almost 8 per cent. The higher number of motor caravan users has prompted the CIVD to promote the supply of motor caravan parking spaces in particular. The enormous demand for motor caravans should also be addressed in terms of infrastructure development.