In June, sales of new light vans recorded a double digit growth, which marked six months of consecutive growth in 2019 according to the latest SMMT’s light commercial vehicle registration figures.
Registrations of light commercial vehicles up to 3.5 tonnes grew by 13.5% in June to 39,929 units. Year to date, the market is up 8.7% from last year.
The growth was driven by small vans under 2 tonnes and large vans between 2.5 and 3.5 tonnes. These two segments of the market grew by 10.3% and 22.2% respectively. Following last month’s increase, vans between 2.0 and 2.5 tonnes saw a decline of -3.6% as a lot of these buyers are moving to larger vans.
Pickups experienced a marginal decline of -0.7%. However, this segment of the market remains up by 3.5% year to date. Despite being a small segment of the light commercial vehicles market, the -21.8% decrease in sales of 4x4s reflects current consumer uncertainty. In fact, differently from the majority of the other vans, many of these 4x4s are bought for leisure purposes.
Ford continued to be the market leader with a 35.5% market share in June and 33.5% this year. The manufacturer was followed by Volkswagen and Mercedes with market shares of 11.0% and 10.6% respectively.
Sales of light commercials remain at high levels supported by a number of factors including UK’s robust online shopping sector, where these vehicles are used for delivery purposes.
With declining new car sales, the UK van market depicts an interesting picture of the UK economic situation. While several businesses and self-employed people are renewing their old vans, many private buyers are delaying their car purchases because of the current uncertainty.
It is encouraging to see large numbers of van operators switching to new, Euro 6 vans. Going forward, we anticipate the market to continue to perform well.
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