September registrations rose 10.8% to 54,497 units, mean 269,456 commercial vehicles have been added to UK roads so far this year, a 12.6% increase on the same nine months in 2013.
Van market continues to drive growth; up 18.1% year-to-date to 242,071, and 14.1% in September to 49,123 units.
Truck registrations fell by 12.3% in September, continuing trend for the year-to-date – down 20.3%.
Rolling year totals remain strong due to the pre-Euro-6 rush in late 2013.
“With businesses feeling increased economic confidence and downsizing from larger vehicles, the van market has delivered another strong performance,” said Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive.
“This has also yielded growth in the whole commercial vehicle market, continuing the positivity seen throughout the majority of the year.
“We are yet to see the truck market show signs of significant recovery following a flurry of registrations ahead of the Euro-6 introduction last year, which tempered demand going in to 2014.”