THE demand for pick-up trucks gave new van sales in November a welcome boost.
Along with increased demand for large vans, registrations grew 9.6%: 29,000 vans and pick-ups joined UK roads, according to the latest figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).
The increase represented 2,549 more pick-ups and vans registered in the month compared to November 2017.
Pick-up demand and 2.5-3.5t van demand increased by 15.8% and 12.9% respectively. However, small and medium vans experienced declines, both falling -4.1%.
Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said:
“The rise in demand for new high-tech, low emission vehicles in November is certainly good news. However, overall, the LCV market has been affected by weaker business confidence caused by economic uncertainty, reflected in fluctuating demand throughout the year.”
Russell Adams, commercial vehicle manager at Lex Autolease added:
“The fact that we have comfortably passed the 300,000 mark is testament to the strength of the light commercial vehicle market. For operators, ensuring a reliable and effective fleet is crucial and new vehicles are central to this, no matter the wider economic environment.”