In the first half of 2018 tractors registrations in Europe decreased by around 5% compared to the first half of 2017. A total of 69,260 agricultural tractors were registered in the first half of this year in the 30 countries from which CEMA receives the information. Still, this figure does not give the full picture.
Sales dropped particularly in the first quarter while demand in the second quarter of 2018 remained stable in comparison with the second quarter of 2017. This is to a certain extent the result of a peak in tractor registrations in December of last year, caused by the introduction of new EU legislation as of 1 January 2018. Tractors not meeting the new requirements of the legislation had to be registered or placed on the market before the introduction date, resulting in a high number of pre-registrations at the end of 2017.