Commercial vehicles in Switzerland – The enthusiasm for motorhomes continues
– The enthusiasm for motorhomes continues
The commercial vehicle sector is doing well, despite the pandemic. Registrations are on the rise over the first nine months of the year.
The market for new commercial vehicles in Switzerland and Liechtenstein is on the rise in the first nine months of 2021. The shortage of semiconductors is weighing on the recovery, however, as for cars.
From January to September, 31,958 vehicles for transporting people and goods were registered, said Auto-Suisse on Monday, an increase of 13.2% compared to the same period of 2020.
L’Association of Swiss Automobile Importers counted 22,295 new light commercial vehicles put into service, an increase of 11.1% compared to a year ago. In the middle of the year, growth was still 21.1%, before slowing down.
“The flea crisis”
“We are also feeling the chip crisis in commercial vehicles,” summed up Christoph Wolnik, spokesperson for auto-suisse quoted in the press release. “Unlike passenger cars, however, commercial vehicles hardly include any comfort equipment that could be dispensed with in order to speed up the production and delivery of vehicles.”
The number of registrations of heavy commercial vehicles has increased by almost 60% over one year (2,776). However, it remains far from the figures of 2019, where 3,397 were put into circulation over nine months.
“Slowdown in growth”
Passenger vehicles are also showing “slowing growth”, although the numbers remain high. The 6,887 new registrations registered until the end of September correspond to an increase of almost 27%, thanks to the enthusiasm for motorhomes generated by the coronavirus pandemic. They represent the bulk of the segment.
Adding the 180,073 passenger cars, the number of new motor vehicles put into service during the first nine months amounts to 212,031. This corresponds to an increase of 10.6% compared to last year.