France. Motorcycles market still positive (+2.9%) in October before the shutdown

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French Motorcycles Market in October struggled due to the low customer affluence to the showroom and the month was only moderately positive, with 25.009 sales (only 2/3 wheelers), up 2.9%. Total sales after the first ten months of the year have been 249.055 (2.7%).

Two-wheeler sales in October

Unfortunately France is leading the rank in Europe for new covid 19 disease cases and the Government has progressively introduced rules restricting the mobility and the social activities, ending up with a shutdown for November.

The motorcycles industry, which is one of the sector fueled by covid 19 needs for individual mobility, with an outstanding May-September sales score, in October struggled due to the low customer affluence to the showroom and the month was only moderately positive, with 25.009 sales (only 2/3 wheelers), up 2.9%.

Total sales after the first ten months of the year have been 249.055 (2.7%).

Brand-wise and looking at the year to date score, Yamaha confirmed the leadership with 32.003 sales, up 2.3%, followed by Honda with 25.188 (-15.4%) and Piaggio 24.580 (+5.6%).

Behind BMW with 15.529 (-0.4%), Peugeot with 15.390 (-14.5%) Kawasaki with 13.091 (-11.6%) and SYM with 9.853 (+18.7%).

Market Outlook 2020-2025

The second covid 19 wave will hit the market, in the short term, reducing the customer opportunity to buy a new two-wheeler. November sales will – of course – heavily drop due to the shutdown and December should not be so positive.

However, starting form the first half 2021 the industry will be pulled up by strong demand which will support the market for the next years, specially if the government would finally introduce effective incentives for electric scooters.

The introduction of stage 5 emission level, with a potential impact on demand due to expected higher prices, should be well moderated the expected EU approval for an extension of registrations deadlines for residual stage 4 models in stock.

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