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February van buyers continue positive start to year
The market for vans and pick-ups continued to grow in February, maintaining strong sales momentum

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

Month Feb-13 Feb-12 % change
Pick-ups 1,047 608 72.2%
4x4s 131 283 -53.7%
Vans under 2.0t 1,494 1,331 12.2%
Vans 2.0-2.5t 1,262 1,014 24.5%
Vans 2.5-3.5t 5,215 4,947 5.4%
All Vans to 3.5t 9,149 8,183 11.8%
Year-to-date YTD-13 YTD-12 % change
Pick-ups 3,244 2,241 44.8%
4x4s 707 738 -4.2%
Vans under 2.0t 4,299 3,804 13.0%
Vans 2.0-2.5t 3,649 2,997 21.8%
Vans 2.5-3.5t 13,299 12,741 4.4%
All Vans to 3.5t 25,198 22,521 11.9%

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