Van sales continue 2012 decline

VAN demand continued a downward trend in April with registrations 19.8% lower than 2011, according to data from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).


Van registrations totalled 14,508 last month (April 2011: 18,081) and with four consecutive monthly declines from January to April, total sector registrations at 76,196 units were 15.7% down on the same period in 2011 (90,422).


Paul Everitt, chief executive of the SMMT, said: ‘The relative strength of the 2011 van market continued to dent 2012 performance with the ‘up to 3.5t’ market dropping 19.8% in the month. Last month’s CV Show saw the launch of a host of new sophisticated and efficient vehicles that will be important to the sector’s performance through the rest of 2012 and beyond.’


Across the various van market segments the only exception to the downward trend in 2012 is the 4×4 utility sector, which has seen volumes total 2,485 this year, 3.1% up on last year’s 2,410. However, sector registrations fell 3.8% last month to 329 (April 2011: 342).


Elsewhere, sales of sub 2.0 tonne vans last month fell 27.1% to 2,404 (April 2011: 3,298) to leave 2012 volumes down 28.2% at 12,906 (2011: 17,963); registrations of 2.0-2.5 tonne vans fell 22.6% last month to 1,820 (April 2011: 2,351) to leave 2012 volumes down 3.2% at 10,257 (2011: 10,591); sales of 2.5-3.5 tonne vans fell 15.8% last month to 8,746 (April 2011: 10,392) to leave 2012 volumes 12.8% lower at 43,073 (2011: 49,369); and registrations of pick-up commercials fell 28.8% last month to 1,209 (April 2011: 1,698) to leave 2012 volumes 25.9% lower at 7,475 (2011: 10,089).

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