28 October 2019
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German caravan industry sets new sales records - again!

The latest sales figures from the CIVD (Caravaning Industrie Verband – Caravan Industry Association) in Germany confirm that with nearly 71,000 new registrations of motorhomes and caravans between January and September, sales in Germany in the first three quarters of 2019 have exceeded the record of the entire previous year (2018). 

Sales in the third quarter of 2019 brought the industry a new record with more recreational vehicles registered between July and September than ever before: 18,817 new registrations also represented a strong increase of 17.3 percent compared to the third quarter of 2018. With only three-quarters of the year over, these figures already confirm that the German caravan industry will have a new record year. 

Since the beginning of the year, 71,312 recreational vehicles have been newly registered. This corresponds to a 14.0 percent increase compared to the same period in 2018. This is also more vehicles than in the entire previous year, which had closed at a record level. 

Both vehicle segments have achieved double-digit growth since January. Motorhome registrations increased by 15.9 percent and set a new record of 47,543 vehicles. New registrations of caravans increased by 10.4 percent since January to 23,769 units – the best result since 2000.

Both vehicle segments grew at double-digit rates in the third quarter. New motorhome registrations increased by 21.3 percent with 12,173 vehicles newly registered in the last three months. New registrations of caravans increased by 10.7 percent with 6,644 units – the best result in 25 years.

In September alone, 3,685 leisure vehicles were newly registered. This is an increase of 3.6 percent compared to the same month last year and is a new record for the month of September. However, new motorhome registrations actually dropped by 6.3 percent, but nevertheless achieved the second best September result in history with 2,083 vehicles. 

“The decline is partly explained by the introduction of a new emission level on 1 September. Therefore, vehicles that did not meet this standard were still allowed in August. The advance of new registrations had led to an increase of over 40 percent in August, “said Daniel Onggowinarso, managing director of the Caravaning Industry Association (CIVD). 

“We are very pleased that we have already set the record from the previous year after three quarters. We were able to take the momentum of the most successful Caravan Salon of all time into the season opener and continue to look to the future with confidence,” said Onggowinarso.