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Truck registrations in Poland have fallen, but sales of delivery vans are on the up

Figures show the market for new trucks in Poland is declining. In March this year the number of new trucks registered in the country decreased by 19%. However, the delivery van market recorded growth.

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This is the second month in a row that a decline in truck registrations has been recorded.

In March , 2,765 new trucks with a GVW above 3.5 tonnes were registered in Poland – 19% less than in the same period last year. The good news is that it’s up 19.2% compared to February.

The Polish Automotive Industry Association (PZPM) says that all types of trucks recorded declines in registrations.

The quarterly result is also not optimistic. In the period from January to March, 7,226 trucks were registered in Poland. That’s 16% less than in the same period in 2023. 

Registrations of new trucks in Poland

March 2024 March 2023 % change year-on-year  Q1 2024 Q1 2023 % change year-on-year
Trucks – total 2765 3415 -19% 7226 8598 -16%
Trucks with a GVW > 3.5t* 599 756 -20,8% 1675 1943 -13,8%
Special cars with GVW > 3.5t* 64 81 -21% 216 242 -10,7%
Truck tractors* 2102 2578 -18,5% 5335 6413 -16,8%

*Registration of own brands of domestic producers is not included/Source: PZPM based on CEP data

Scania is market leader

In the first quarter, Scania models were the most popular. 1,656 trucks from this manufacturer were registered, which is 26% more than in the same period last year. In 2nd place in terms of registration was Volvo (1,200 trucks), although the manufacturer recorded a decline of 27%.

Another popular brands also recorded fewer registrations – Mercedes-Benz (1,886, 35% less) and DAF (863 trucks, 44% less).

In the first quarter of 2024, Scania recorded the largest market share (23%), gaining 7.7 percentage points. Next comes Volvo (17%) and Mercedes-Benz (16%). MAN gained 6.9 percentage points. (14% of the market), while DAF lost 5.9 points.

“The top five have so far in 2024 collected over 83%. market, while a year ago it had 82 percent,” informs PZPM.

Registrations of new trucks with a GVW above 3.5

Manufacturer March 2024 Q1 2024
Total Market Share % Total Market Share %
Scania 637 23,04 1,655 22,90
Volvo 499 18,05 1,200 16,61
Mercedes-Benz 410 14,83 1,186 16,41
MAN 495 17,90 1,117 15,46
DAF 312 11,28 863 11,94
Iveco 260 9,40 696 9,63
Renault 98 3,54 555 6,45

Source: PZPM based on CEP

There were more delivery trucks

There is nonetheless good news from the commercial vehicle market. In the group of trucks with a GVM below 3.5 tonnes, 6,294 newly registered vehicles were added in March, which is 7.2% more than in the same period last year.

Compared to February, the commercial vehicle market increased by over 21%. This is the 3rd best result in history after 2021 and 2019, when 7,684 and 6,432 new delivery vans were registered in Poland, respectively.

Quarterly results also remained positive. Since the beginning of the year, over 16,000 people have arrived in our country new delivery vehicles. That’s 1.9% more than in the first quarter of 2023.

During this period, the Renault brand became the leader in the ranking of commercial vehicles. Although the manufacturer recorded a decline in registrations (by 13.4%), it maintained a high market share (19.2%).

Fiat was next on the list with an 11.7% increase in registrations. Meanwhile, Ford recorded a slight decline (0.6%) but still overtook Toyota and Mercedes-Benz.

Positive signs

There is still little happening on the market for new alternative fuel vehicles. Since the beginning of 2024, 52 vehicles with a GVW above 6 tons have been registered in Poland. This amounts to 0.8% market.

During this time, 20 battery-powered trucks (BEV) were registered, which is 15 more than a year earlier. Although this is not a significant number, according to PZPM, it is a good sign.

“Manufacturers offer more and more models in this segment, and although sales are still at a low level, the appearance of these vehicles in sales statistics is no longer an exceptional phenomenon,” said the association’s representatives.

In the case of vehicles with a GVM below 3.5 tons, the market recorded 451 delivery vans powered by alternative fuels, which constitutes 2.8%. market. The number of battery cars decreased (by 22%).

“Additionally, during this time, 23 hybrid cars of all types and 3 cars powered by natural gas (CNG/LNG) were registered,” reports PZPM.