Despite the coronavirus crisis, registrations of recreational vehicles rose by almost 16 percent in Germany in May compared to the same month last year, to over 14,000 vehicles. In particular, new motorhome registrations climbed by over 30 percent, and with more than 10,000 newly registered vehicles, May proved to be the best month in the history of the industry for this segment.
By contrast, new caravan registrations fell by around 16 percent, but the industry is nevertheless optimistic about the coming months.
Holidays with motorhomes and caravans have enjoyed unprecedented popularity in recent years in Germany and interest is not waning despite the Corona crisis.
With the easing of contact and travel restrictions to combat the corona pandemic, new registrations of recreational vehicles are increasing significantly.
A total of 14,073 leisure vehicles were newly registered last month. This is 15.9 percent more than in May 2019 and a new record for the month.
At the end of March, the motor vehicle trade had to temporarily close due to the corona pandemic following a joint decision by the federal government and the federal states, which had led to a drastic drop in new registrations.
“Now we see a strong and expected catch-up effect,” says Daniel Onggowinarso, managing director of the Caravaning Industry Association (CIVD).
New registrations of motorhomes increased by a strong 31.7 percent in Germany in May 2020 compared to the same month in the previous year. With 10,674 newly registered vehicles, they experienced the best month in their history.
However, new registrations of caravans fell by 15.8 percent compared to the outstanding May experienced the previous year (which was the best result since 2001) to 3,399 vehicles.
In the view of the CIVD, the weaker performance of the caravan market has two main causes: “Caravans are more sensitive to the economic situation and due to the current economic uncertainty, some interested parties are still holding back. In addition, the most important group of buyers, families, often had to struggle with practical everyday problems due to closed schools and kindergartens and therefore had no opportunity to buy a vehicle, ”explains Onggowinarso.
Thanks to the good May results, the caravanning industry in Germany says it is largely back on track to continue the growth path of previous years.
A total of 41,713 leisure vehicles have been registered in Germany since the beginning of the year. This is 5.2 percent less than in the same period of the record year 2019, but 8.3 percent more than in the strong year 2018.
New registrations of motorhomes (30,473 vehicles) were 2.1 percent ahead in the first five months compared to the previous year, despite the Corona crisis.
The industry expects high demand in the coming months as caravaning is one of the safest forms of vacation in these times, because you only travel with people from your own household in a recreational vehicle and, thanks to your own sleeping, living, cooking and sanitary facilities, you are largely self-sufficient and practically at home everywhere.
The Caravaning Industry Association represents the interests of the industrial branch of the German caravanning industry. In addition to German and European manufacturers of caravans and motorhomes, its members also include numerous companies in the supply industry, service providers and public institutions and associations. The association, founded in 1962, represents all interests of the German caravanning industry vis-à-vis national and European politics and their authorities and institutions. In addition, the CIVD is the ideal sponsor of the world’s largest trade fair for leisure vehicles – the CARAVAN SALON – and thus provides important impulses for the caravanning industry in Europe.