The trade association of the German leisure vehicle sector, the CIVD (Caravaning Industrie Verband), reports that motorhome and caravan sales in Germany achieved another record result with 18,241 vehicles newly registered in the first three months of 2019. This represents a 3.3 percent increase in comparison to the same period last year. The caravanning industry in Germany believes it is heading for another record year.
The figures show that the month of March achieved the best sales with 10,062 newly registered motorhomes and caravans, a growth of 0.6 percent compared to the same month last year. The CIVD believes the success of the past few years is continuing.
For caravans specifically, in the first quarter of 2019, there were
6,079 new registrations of caravans, representing an increase of 9.1 percent over the same period in 2018 and the best first quarter since 1998.
In March alone, 3,296 caravans were newly registered, which is 1.6 percent more than in March 2018 and the highest value in nearly 20 years for the third month of year.
New registrations of motorhomes also rose again in the first quarter to 12, 162 and exceeded the record result of the previous year by 0.7 percent. This comparatively moderate growth is explained by a one-off effect last year when EC type approvals expired (in February 2018), leading to an increase in new registrations of motorhomes by nearly 50 percent.
“The trend towards the holiday form of caravaning continues unabated. The comparatively moderate growth in new registrations of motorhomes is due to two special effects last year. We therefore continue to be optimistic about the coming months and see the record result in the first quarter as a reaffirmation of our positive forecast for 2019, “says Daniel Onggowinarso, Managing Director of the Caravaning Industry Association e.V. (CIVD).