The latest new van and truck sales figures show month on month sales were up 12.7% on 2010 and up 23.3% on the rolling year. The figures show an ongoing recovery for the commercial vehicle market with June being the 17th consecutive month in which the market has improved.

Sue Robinson, Director of the RMI National Franchised Dealers Association which represents commercial vehicle and franchised car retailers across the UK and Northern Ireland, commented “Considering new car sales have been down for the last 12 months it is pleasing that new van sales were up again by 13.5% over June 2010. Bigger vans are up a very credible 26% year to date and 4x4 double-cabs are up 42% year to date, which clearly indicates business confidence in the commercial vehicle market.

Overall the heavy truck market is up 25.4% year to date. The majority of this growth is coming from sales of maximum capacity articulated tractor units. However there is concern in the 3.5-16t rigid truck market with sales down 11.2% in June. The decline is due to the fact that the rigid truck market is dominated by private owner operators who are more averse and resistant to the risk of investing in a new truck than the more confident corporate buyer.”