25 April 2023
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New motorhome sales up as caravan industry in Germany records stronger first quarter in 2023 than previous year

The association for the caravan industry in Germany (the CIVD), says that in the first quarter of 2023, the industry recorded a total of 23,770 new registrations of leisure vehicles, exceeding the previous year’s result by around 3.1 percent. It says that the continued interest in caravan and motorhome travel and the improved availability of vehicles is making the industry optimistic for the caravanning year 2023 at the start of the season.

This is the second-best result ever for this period. New registrations of motor caravans rose by 5.7 percent to 18,479 units while the caravan segment recorded a decline compared with the previous year, with 5,291 new registrations (-5.1 percent). These results are an initial indicator that motor caravan production is recovering from the challenges of the previous year.

The enthusiasm of Germans for caravanning as a form of holidaying continues to be strong, says the CIVD, shown by excellent visitor figures at the latest caravanning trade fairs, while high demand for rental vehicles at the start of this year’s season indicates that interest among newcomers also remains high as renting a motor caravan or caravan is considered the classic introduction to caravanning. Therefore, these positive developments are encouraging for the caravanning industry in Germany which is starting the caravanning year 2023 with optimism after a very challenging 2022.

Supply shortages were particularly noticeable in motor caravans production last year, as the division suffered from an acute shortage of vehicle chassis. Demand for new motor caravans far exceeded supply on the market. The latest new registration figures therefore give cause for optimism for the remainder of the year: with 18,479 new registrations in the first quarter, the division exceeded the previous year’s level by 5.7 percent. Numerous manufacturers are now focusing on a broader range of brands for their base vehicles, which has improved the supply situation for vehicle chassis compared with the previous year.

Caravan production benefited from the lack of vehicle chassis for motor caravans in 2022: Manufacturers producing both vehicle types used their open production capacities to build more caravans. Accordingly, the division not only closed 2022 with an increase in production, but also recorded rising new registration figures in the autumn and winter. Many of the new caravans were exported. In the first quarter of 2023, the caravan sector, with a total of 5,291 new registrations, was around 5.1 percent below the result for the same period of the previous year, but remained at a solid level.

After many challenges in 2022, the caravanning industry has laid the groundwork for a successful 2023 caravanning year at the start of the season, reports Daniel Onggowinarso, managing director of the Caravaning Industrie Verband (CIVD): “People still have a great desire for holidaying in a motor caravan or caravan. An end to this trend is not in sight either. The challenge for our industry is to meet the huge demand. Unfortunately, manufacturers were only able to do this under very difficult conditions last year. However, the supply situation now looks much more positive. Caravans are currently in very good supply, and the development in motor caravan production is also positive. So, it’s worth stopping by your dealership right now.”