COVID-19 = Sales Decline In Europe
Europe’s motorcycle industry calls for support from the EC
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Hit by an unprecedented decline in vehicle registrations due to COVID-19 outbreak, Europe’s motorcycle industry calls for support from the EC.
Motorcycle registrations across Europe dropped steeply in March and April in comparison to the same period in 2019 as a result of the impact of the Covid-19 outbreak. With dealerships closed and economies under lock down, commercial activity has been virtually paralyzed.
Total registrations in the 5 largest motorcycle markets (i.e. France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK) fell by 39.6% in March 2020, compared to the same month of 2019. The situation deteriorated even further in April 2020, when combined registrations in the largest markets fell by 74.9%, with some countries contracting by 84% to 96%.
The moped segment was equally impacted. The largest European moped markets (i.e. Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland and Spain) fell by 37.9% in March 2020 on a year-on-year basis. In April 2020, moped registrations in the same markets decreased 55.1%.
Due to the seasonal nature of the market with sales concentrated in the spring, this impact of the outbreak in March and April has placed European dealerships under considerable financial pressure. In addition dealers are now holding an excess of Euro 4 vehicles, which were being readied for the Spring season but which may become unsalable due to regulatory changes.
Europe’s motorcycle industry welcomes the various economy wide support measures that Member States and the Commission have put in place. The only additional request from the sector is for the Commission to extend the period in which Euro 4 vehicles can be sold, to avoid dealers being left with hundreds of thousands of unsalable products.
Commenting on the current situation of the sector, Antonio Perlot, ACEM Secretary General, said:
“With the progressive restart of activity, data for the next three months will give us a clearer overview of the final impact of the COVID-19 virus. Nevertheless, it is already clear that 2020 will be a very difficult year for the sector, with extraordinary disruptions on the activity of manufacturers, dealerships and suppliers”. “ACEM and its members are working together with EU and national administrations to find a solution to the problem of hundreds of thousands of Euro 4 vehicles excess stock. This will require reviewing relevant legislation to ensure that motorcycle dealerships across Europe can recover from the effect of the COVID-19 crisis as soon as possible”.
FIM E Bike Enduro World Cup2020 Calendars
The FIM is delighted to announce the 2020 FIM E-Bike Enduro World Cup & EX-Bike World Cup calendars, its innovative competition for electric powered cycles launched in 2019.
FIM E-Bike Enduro World Cup
8 November 2020 – Lac de l’Eau d’Heure , Belgium (FMB)
2020 Date to be announced – Charade, France (FRA)
• Enduro1 (E1): E-Bike equipped with a motor with a maximum continuous rated power of 250W and whose assistance does not exceed 25 km/h. Its minimum weight is 18 kg and 26 kg maximum
• Enduro2 (E2): E-Bike equipped with a motor with a maximum rated continuous power of 500W and whose assistance can exceed 25 km/h but does not exceed 45 km/h. Its minimum weight is 18 kg and 32 kg maximum.
Due to the ongoing restrictions put in place by the German government regarding the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, which includes no mass sporting events until the end of August, FIM E-Bike Enduro World Cup set to take place on 21 June in Alfsee is cancelled.
FIM EX-Bike World Cup
18 October – Two-Off Circuit, Boves/Cuneo, Italy (FMI)
4 FIM Classes:
• FIM EX 1 World Cup
• FIM EX 2 and EX Proto World Cup
• FIM EX 1W World Cup, for riders (WOMEN)
• FIM EX 2W and EX ProtoW World Cup (WOMEN)
• EX 1: E-Bike equipped with a motor with a maximum continuous rated power of 250W and whose assistance does not exceed 25 km/h. Its minimum weight is 18 kg and 26 kg maximum
• EX 2 and EX Proto: E-Bike equipped with a motor with a maximum rated continuous power of 500W and whose assistance can exceed 25 km/h but does not exceed 45 km/h. Its minimum weight is 18 kg and 32 kg maximum