10 July 2020
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Record new registrations of leisure vehicles in Germany in first half of 2020

According to the latest news from the CIVD (the Caravanning Industry Association in Germany), new registrations of leisure vehicles in Germany reached a record level of almost 55,000 vehicles in the first half of the year. That is around four percent more than in the first half of 2019.

June contributed a large share to these figures with an increase of almost 50 percent. New registrations of caravans recovered significantly after a corona-related slump, with an increase of 20 percent last month. New vehicle registrations even shot up by over 65 percent.

Caravanning holidays are enjoying a massive increase in popularity. Despite the corona pandemic, the caravanning industry in Germany experienced the best first half of the year in its history. 

New registrations of recreational vehicles rose by 3.7 percent compared to the first half of 2019. A total of 54,439 new vehicles were registered in the first six months of this year. At half way through the year, that is as many as in 2016 as a whole.

In April, the motor vehicle trade had to temporarily close as a result of the decision of the federal government and the federal states to combat the corona pandemic. This led to a drastic drop in new registrations. With the relaxation of the corona measures and the reopening of the dealerships, there was a strong catch-up effect in particular for motorhomes in May. 

Since then, there have been many new customers who are interested in a holiday with a motorhome or caravan for the first time, as Daniel Onggowinarso, Managing Director of the Caravaning Industry Association (CIVD), reports:

“Caravanning is one of the safest forms of holiday in these times, because you can use a recreational vehicle traveled individually and only with people from their own household and is largely self-sufficient thanks to their own sleeping, living, cooking and sanitary facilities.”

From January to June, a total of 39,627 motorhomes were newly registered. That is 12.0 percent more than in the same period last year and a new all-time record. The new registrations of caravans (14,812 units) are currently still 13.5 percent behind the half-year result 2019. 

In June, the caravanning industry had a real run on its products. A total of 12,726 leisure vehicles entered the roads for the first time – a new record for the month of June. This corresponds to a whopping plus of 49.6 percent compared to the same month last year. New registrations of motorhomes increased by an outstanding 65.4 percent. With 9,154 new registrations, the past month was the best June in the history of this vehicle segment. Caravan registrations rose by a strong 20.0 percent compared to June 2019 to 3,572 makes. In May, the caravan market had dropped by 15.8 percent. 

“Our assumption that the catch-up effect on caravans sets in somewhat later and more slowly has been confirmed,” explains Onggowinarso. “The turnaround is done. With the reduction in VAT, there is an additional incentive to buy a recreational vehicle in the second half of the year. We are optimistic for the next six months, ”said the managing director.