August 2nd, 2017.

Combined registrations of motorcycles and mopeds in the EU reached 682,008 units during Q2 2017, representing a decrease of 3% compared to same quarter of the previous year, according to the latest figures released by the European Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers (ACEM).

Italy was the best performing market since the beginning of the year, with 137,483 units (+5.9% compared to Q2 2016). Registrations also went up in France (134,036 units, +4.5%). This contrasts with the situation in other large European markets such as Germany (102,929 units, -12.6%), Spain (76,558 units, -5.3%) and the UK (56,677 units, -14.1%).

Registrations of motorcycles in the EU reached 520,846 units during Q2 2017 (-4.9% compared to Q2 2016). The Italian motorcycle market is currently the largest in Europe with 124,913 units registered in Q2 2017 (+6.6% compared to the same quarter of the previous year). Motorcycle registrations also increased in France (91,494 units, +2.6%), but decreased in Germany (88,322 units, -12.3%), Spain (67,373 vehicles, -8.1%) and the UK (53,549 units, -13.4%).

Registrations in the moped segment in the EU increased by 3.66% (161,162 units), led by strong growth in the two largest European markets, namely France (42,542 units, +9%) and the Netherlands (37,032 units, +8.4%). Moped registrations declined in Germany (14,067 units, -14.8%), but remained stable in Poland (12,586 units, +0.5%) and Italy (12,570 units, -0.5%).

Total registrations of electric mopeds, motorcycles and quadricycles reached 13,089 units during Q2 2017, an increase of 30.5% compared to Q2 2016 (10,576 units). A total of 10,204 electric mopeds and 1,995 electric motorcycles were registered in Europe (+78.1% and +23.5% respectively), whilst figures for electric quadricycles went down from 3,232 in Q2 2016 to 1,610 units in Q2 2017 (-50.2%).