The industrial vehicle market
declined 19 percent in France in the last quarter of 2008,
according to BNP Paribas Lease Group (BPLG) and an organisation
which monitors developments in the European industrial vehicle
In 2009, BPLG and Observatoire du
Véhicule Industriel (OVI) expect manufacturers’ order books to
decline by 27 percent.
“We have seen a clear fall in
demand in the last two months of 2008,” said Jean-Michel Mercier,
the head of transport markets at BPLG and director of the OVI.
Volumes transported by industrial
vehicles declined by over five percent in the third quarter,
leading to a slowdown in industrial vehicle sales. Worse hit is the
carrier market, which has seen demand fall by 20 percent.
“Overall, last year was
surprisingly positive,” Mercier said, pointing out that new
registrations for industrial vehicles over 3.5 tonnes and over 16
tonnes increased by 13.5 percent and 12.7 percent respectively over
the first three quarters.
“However, the fall in sales
recorded at the end of the year has logically incited us to predict
a more complicated situation in 2009, with Volvo, Scania, Renault
Trucks and MAN’s order books falling from 23 percent to 55
percent,” he added.