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Story: COLIN DAWSON

Vauxhall top of the pops for small businesses in September
Vauxhall's Luton-built Vivaro was the UK's favourite van in September

September was a good month for commercial vehicle sales and a great one for Vauxhall – with more traders and small businesses buying Vauxhall commercials than any other make, according to figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.

The Luton-based manufacturer last month sold 2,000 vans to tradesmen and SMEs, and has sold more than 9,000 vans this year, making Vauxhall number one in September as well as the year to date.

Vauxhall van sales topped the charts in March and April as well as September, buoyed, the company says, by the offer of four years’ zero per cent APR finance, four years’ free servicing, a four-year warranty and four years of AA cover. The Luton-built Vivaro, the star of Vauxhall’s new Built in Britain – For Britain advertising campaign, was the best-selling van in the retail medium van segment.

Vauxhall built more than 70,000 vans last year at its plants in Luton and Ellesmere Port, making it the UK’s largest manufacturer of commercial vehicles. The latest edition to the company’s commercial vehicle range, the all-new Combo, was launched earlier this year.

Richard Collier, Vauxhall national commercial vehicle and business-to-business sales manager, told Business Vans. “September is a crucial month for van sales and I am very pleased with our performance. The popularity of Vauxhall’s van range with small businesses is testament to their low running costs, high build quality and superb manufacturer support, especially in the current challenging economic environment.”

September sales within the overall business van market improved by just over one per cent compared with September 2011.

Keep up to date with developments in our Business Van News section.

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