„In light of the many uncertainties surrounding the coronavirus epidemic, it is difficult to set concrete plans for this year, but all I can say is that we expect the market to grow by about 15-20 percent compared to last year. In addition to the launch of new vehicles, we are also looking to strengthen sales of used vehicles and parts. ” – said Péter Szentpáli-Gavallér, Managing Director of DAF Hungary Kft., Which represents DAF in Hungary.
Understandably, the majority of domestic distributors are reluctant to think back to the previous year, as in 2020 the number of registered trucks with a total weight of more than 7.5 tons fell by 38 percent compared to 2019. The category above 16 tonnes could also record at least such a decline. In the segment of heavy-duty trucks, only 2,951 units were placed on the market, which is 1,808 units less than in 2019. In the fierce market competition, DAF was chosen by most, selling 822 trucks in this category, gaining a market share of 27.9 percent. The brand belonging to the American Paccar Group has been the market leader in Hungary for 12 years now.
Despite the difficulties, DAF did not give up on the introduction of any new products last year. Accordingly, the rear tridemic FAW axle arrangement has appeared in the domestic offer, which provides excellent maneuverability with high load capacity and favorable load distribution. In honor of the drivers who played a key role in the epidemic, a special edition DAF XF was launched under the name Unity Edition, which rolled off the production line for Hungarian operators in Hungarian national colors.
In 2020, DAF produced more than 37,600 CF and XF series trucks and nearly 9,000 LF vehicles. In addition, it has sold more than 2,000 Paccar engines to leading long-distance bus, coach and specialty vehicle manufacturers worldwide. In addition to Hungary, it gained market leadership in the Netherlands (31.8%), the United Kingdom (31.6%), Poland (23.7%), Bulgaria (25.4%) and Portugal (21.8%).
According to the analysis of the Association of European Car Manufacturers (ACEA) for last year, the average age of medium and heavy category trucks in Hungary is 11.2 years. This means that the Hungarian fleet is younger than in some countries in the region, such as Poland (12.2 years), Slovakia (13.1 years) and Romania (16.1 years), but still compared to the EU average. also more favorable (13 years). Most lorries in the European Union are in Poland, where more than 1.15 million registered medium and heavy duty lorries run on the roads. The second stage of the imaginary podium is occupied by Germany with 1.01 million trucks, followed by Italy with 946 thousand.
Analysts forecast growth not only for the domestic but also for the European market, which could further improve the average age of trucks in each country. It is estimated that there are 250-280 thousand trucks in Europe this year.
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