Italian PTW registrations up for first time in 18 months
For the first time in 18 months, and only the third time since January 2012, total PTW registrations in Italy were up by +10.3 percent in February 2014 at 9,670 units, according to figures released by the Italian motorcycle trade association ANCMA.
After a disappointing January (-8 percent / 8,620 units), this means that the Italian market is up for the two months of the year to date by 0.8 percent over the same period last year, at 18,290 units.
For the full 12 months of 2013, total PTW registrations were down by -25.5 percent (153,853 units), compared to 2012, which itself saw a decline of -19.04 percent on the previous year (306,522 units compared to the 255,102 registrations seen in 2011).
As elsewhere in Europe, the largest months for sales in Italy are traditionally March, April, May and June, and with the peak sales period already well underway, industry analysts are hoping that March doesn’t see a repeat of the -47.6 percent collapse in sales seen in March 2013.