Van and pick-up market's fortunes contrast with those of the car market.
Despite the ongoing woes of the British new car market, those in the new van and pick-up truck market are celebrating six consecutive months of growth.
According to figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), June saw just under 40,000 new light commercial vehicles (an umbrella term for sub-3.5-tonne vans and pick-up trucks) registered - a 13.5-percent increase on the 35,182 that hit the road in the same month of last year. It’s a result that means the sector has grown during every month of 2019 so far.
Of those light commercial vehicles (LCVs) that found their way onto the UK’s roads last month, the vast majority were vans weighing between 2.5 and 3.5 tonnes. Those vehicles accounted for more than 26,000 registrations - a 22-percent increase on June 2018.
Vans weighing between two and 2.5 tonnes were the second most popular type, with just over 5,500 registrations, although that figure represented a 3.6 percent reduction on the number registered during the previous June. The third most popular sector, however, was the pick-up truck market, with just under 5,000 vehicles registered - down just 0.7 percent on the number that hit the roads 12 months earlier.
So far in 2019, therefore, almost 196,500 LCVs have been registered - an 8.7-percent increase on the first half of 2018 - with 2.5-2.5-tonne vans leading the charge. However, demand is up across the market, with the commercial 4x4 market being the only sector to see a reduction in registrations. Sales of such vehicles, which include models such as the Mitsubishi Shogun Sport Commercial (below) and Land Rover Discovery Commercial, have fallen by just under five percent compared with the first half of last year.
“With many light commercial vehicles playing a crucial role in urban areas, getting more of the latest, cleanest and most fuel efficient models on to our roads is essential to help improve air quality – so it’s good news to see the UK van market performing so well,” he said. “However, it’s important to remember that purchasing patterns are cyclical and for this trend to continue we need business confidence to improve and political uncertainty to end with a good Brexit deal.”