Vans in demand from businesses as sales rise

STRONG van registrations boosted the commercial vehicle market in the usually quiet month of July, according to figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.

 

LCV volumes increased 10.2% last month to 18,913 units (July 2011: 17,162) to take this year’s registrations to 138,699, which is 7.8% below last year’s seven-month total of 150,400 and some way below pre-recession levels. However, it was the best July for van registrations since 2008 when they were above 20,000 units.

 

Sales of sub 2.0 tonne vans increased 26.8% last month to 3,197 (July 2011: 2,521), but they remain 17.7% below last year’s levels at 23,607 (2011: 28,689). Registrations of vans in the 2.0-2.5 tonne category in July slipped 0.5% on last year’s volumes to 2,420 (July 2011: 2,432) and are 1.8% down year-on-year at 18,478 (2011: 18,826), while registrations of vans in the 2.5-3.5 tonne sector were up 6.8% last month at 10,992 (July 2011: 10,289) but are 4.3% down on last year at 79,775 (2011: 83,229).

 

Meanwhile, sales of pick-up vans increased 38.9% last month to 1,929 (July 2011: 1,389) but annual sales are 16.4% down year-on-year at 13,030 (2011: 15,585). Finally, sales of 4×4 LCVs dropped 29.4% last month to 375 units (July 2011: 531) to leave this year’s volumes 16.4% down at 13,030 (2011: 15,585).

 


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