Europe LCV Market - Growth, Trends, and Forecast (2019 - 2024)

SKU ID : INH- 13517492

Publishing Date : 01-May-2019

No. of pages : 70


  • Market Overview

    The European light commercial vehicle (LCV) market is anticipated to register a CAGR of over 5.67%, during the forecast period, 2019-2024.

    - Some of the major factors driving the growth of the market are a rise in e-commerce activities (which in turn, has resulted in the growth of the logistics industry), and the emergence of new ride-sharing platforms.
    - Online retail sales and e-commerce have been rising, due to increased penetration of internet connectivity and smartphones. This is expected to result in increased purchase of LCVs for facilitating the timely delivery of items to buyers. The tough emission norms are forcing the vehicle manufacturers to reduce the weight of the vehicles, in order to comply with the emission standards. This has increased the use of lighter metals, such as aluminum, magnesium, and their alloys and lighter composites, such as carbon fiber, in the vehicles.
    - Increase in the demand for LCVs in the region is also due to the emergence of new ridesharing platforms. For instance, Daimler entered into a joint venture with the US startup company Via. Via is focused on developing a scalable and on-demand ride sharing solutions. Together, the two companies aim to introduce on-demand shared rides in Europe, which is likely to increase the demand for passenger vans in the European region during the forecast period.

    Scope of the Report

    The European LCV market has been segmented by vehicle type, drive type, and end user.

    Key Market Trends

    E-commerce Driving the Commercial Fleet Segment

    Road transportation accounts for the majority of freight transport in Europe.

    According to Eurostat, over 75% of inland cargo transports within the EU, i.e., about 1,750 billion metric ton-kilometer (tkm), travel by road. In some European countries, this percentage goes as high as 90%, or more.

    The primary factor driving the growth of the market is the increased preference for pickup trucks and small vans over heavy-duty trucks and railways for logistics.

    Additionally, the rapidly growing e-commerce in Europe represents a central pillar for the digital single market and reflects the advancements in the e-tailing sector, which is witnessing the expansion of well-organized retail spaces.

    As the e-commerce industry continues to grow across Europe, the demand for more advanced distribution network is increasing. As the market continues to expand, the demand for pick-up vans, small trucks, and other LCVs are also likely to increase, with freight transportation in Europe (between 50 km and 1,999 km) accounting for 89.1% of the global freight transportation, in 2017. Additionally, light commercial vehicles accounted for over 10% of the new vehicle sales in the EU in 2016. Majority of the vehicles are used by commercial fleet operators, which include e-commerce delivery services, postal services, courier services, etc.

    Furthermore, owing to environmental concerns, a trend toward electrification of the commercial fleet was observed in the European Union, with some companies, such as FedEx, DHL, Harrods, Hermes, etc., switching to electric light commercial vehicles. Mercedes is planning to enter the electric van market by introducing electric vans for the German logistics firm, Hermes. In one such move, the German postal service, DHL, fabricated its own electric vehicle for operations in the country.

    Increasing Demand for Vans

    The demand for vans across Europe has been increasing over the past three years. Vans contribute to 80% of the total light commercial vehicle sales in Europe. They are used for a wide range of commercial activities, such as construction, postal and courier services, ambulance services, policing and rescue operations, mobile workshops, and passenger transportation.

    Diesel-powered vans account to 96% of the sales, followed by those powered by gasoline with 2.3% and alternative fuel vehicles with 1.7%. Diesel engine vans are used because of their high torque and efficient load carrying and towing capabilities.

    Currently, there are over 29 million vans in use in the European region. The average age of a van is rising and has increased to 10.9 years. Europe is also one of the largest exporters of vans. The demand for European vans is mainly driven by the increase in logistics activities. During FY 2017-2018, the region exported 322,548 vans to several locations across the world.

    Competitive Landscape

    The market is highly competitive and is highly consolidated among the major players, like Ford, Renault, Volkswagen, Peugeot, Citroen, Mercedes-Benz, and Fiat.

    Ford was the largest LCVs manufacturer until the first quarter of 2018. There has been a shift toward the cross-alliance of companies. For instance, Ford, Groupe PSA, and the Renault Nissan Mitsubishi created stand-alone light commercial vehicle (LCV) business units to take advantage of the cross-brand synergies, which may aid them in increasing their profits, to ultimately take away the competitive advantage from rivals in an intensely competitive market.

    Ford focused on face-lifting the entire range of light commercial vehicles for the European market. Meanwhile, to suffice all business requirements, Groupe PSA started offering a wide range of body styles with various combinations of payloads (650 - 1,000 kg) and length (4.4 - 4.75 m).

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