Italian scooter & motorcycles industry boomed in March ending the Q1 2021 as the largest market in Europe. Quarterly sales grew up 43.5% over the 2020 and 11.6% over the 2019. Honda is leader, but Piaggio, Benelli and Fantic Motor boomed overall.
Motorcycles Market Trend 2021
The Italian motorcycles market is in great shape, fueled by the new demand for individual mobility which already supported the market last year.
The high level of registrations reported in the Q4 2020, related to the manufacturers push to register high volumes of euro4 models, no more sellable from January this year caused an almost negative start of the year with both January and February below the previous year sales level. However in March sales boomed and the first quarter started very well.
Sales at 67.5766, were obviously better than year ago, when the lockdown period blocked sales in mid March, with an increase of 43.5%.
However, the sign of market wellness is the 11.6% increase over the correspondent period in the 2019, in the pre-covid era, projecting the total year at the highest level in this decade.
Thanks to this data, Italy has been the largest European country in the Q1 2021, ahead of France.
Market leader is again Honda with 13.935 sales (+56.5%) followed by Piaggio with 11.526 (+90.7%) and Yamaha with 6.233 (+42.7%).
Outstanding performance for BMW (+49%), Benelli (+149%) and Fantic Motor (+65.5%).
In 2020, Honda was market leader in a market -5%. Ducati lost 25%
Following five years of growth, the Italian Motorcycles industry reported in the 2020 a moderate lost. Following the sharp lost reported in March and April, the market recovered for all the rest of the year, while not being able to match the 2019 volumes.
Although economic activities in Italy have been penalized by the lockdowns during the entire Q4, the industry was able to keep life the relation between dealers and customers, with a rapid growth of on line activity and even the last quarter was better than the correspondent period last year.
Indeed, the main reason was the strong rebates offered to run out euro 4 models, applied by few brands like, Benelli, Kawasaki, Fantic Motor, Peugeot, before the January 1st 2021 deadlines for these models and the introduction of Stage 5 emission level.
In the 2020 the race among manufacturers was again won by the Japanese Honda with 46.677 sales (-14.7%) ahead of Piaggio with 38.064 (-10.8%) and Yamaha with 27.220 (+3.0%).
Looking at the emerging segment of electric models, the best seller this year is Silence landed this year in the market and already first with 2.972 sales, well ahead of the former leader, the Italian Askoll with 2.770 (+14.7%) and the recently launched Chinese NIU with 1.712 (+91.9%).