TRADESPEOPLE and van operators have started the new year brightly: you’ve been buying vans. Lots of them.
Registrations of vans up to 3.5 tonnes increased by of 11.9% compared with January 2012. Not only vans, but pick-ups, too.
Pick-ups were up 34.5% compared with January last year.
Sue Robinson, Director of the RMI National Franchised Dealers Association, said that the demand had been boosted by some of the very good pick-up and van offers on the market (for example, see our news story Pick-up a Mitsubishi L200 Trojan with £2,000 off).
“The pick-up and mid size van sectors both experienced strong sales during January. These vehicles are often purchased by the self employed which perhaps indicates a boost in a sector that is often used as a barometer on the general public’s spending confidence.”
Total sales reached 16,049, and Ford took the lion’s share of the market at 26.3% with 4,178 registrations, followed by Volkswagen on 2,386 sales (15%), and Vauxhall in third place, with sales at 1,755 and a 10.94% market share.
January van sales – how the makers stacked up
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