TRADES people and SME operators continued to buy vans in large numbers during February, maintaining the positive start to the year for van sales.
Sales of commercials in the sub-3.5-tonne sector – vans and pick-ups – increased by 11.8% to 9,149 units, bringing the year-to-date total to 25,198 registrations.
In contrast, truck registrations (over 3.5t) fell 16.3%, to 2,187 units in the month.
SMMT commercial vehicle manager Nigel Base told Business Vans: “The commercial vehicle industry’s good start to 2013 continued into February, rising 5% as the van market grew 11.8% on last year, but it’s a complex picture.
“The truck market declined 16%, perhaps as owners and operators adjust buying decisions ahead of key landmarks in the year – this month’s Budget, the CV Show in April and introduction of Euro 6 legislation at the end of the year.”
UK van and truck registrations
|Vans under 2.0t||1,494||1,331||12.2%|
|All Vans to 3.5t||9,149||8,183||11.8%|
|Vans under 2.0t||4,299||3,804||13.0%|
|All Vans to 3.5t||25,198||22,521||11.9%|