“It is extremely positive to see the 2013 commercial vehicle market rose 14.7%, making it the best performance in the last five years” said Sue Robinson, Director of the National Franchised Dealers Association which represents commercial vehicle and franchised car retailers across the UK, commenting on the SMMT’s van and truck registration figures.
New light commercial vehicle figures released today show 2013 total registrations grew 14.7% to 327,291 units. Vans rose 13.1% over the year registering 271,073 units, boosted by 32.5% growth in December. Truck registrations totalled 56,218 units in the year, up 23% as the move to Euro 6 fuelled growth.
Robinson continued, “As expected December truck registrations were exceptional last month due to the change from Euro 5 engine specification. We anticipated high levels of registrations, but a 217% increase over that of December 2012 was a very pleasing result with a total of 11,351 vehicles registered.
“All sectors of trucks saw an increase in registrations, but the highest percentage came from the heavy over 16t market with a 465% increase over December 2012.
“Overall the 3.5t+ truck sector was up 23% in 2013 which is a clear reflection of consumer confidence and upturn in last year’s market.
“Van sales (sub 3.5t) impressed in December, indicating strong end-of-year dealer/manufacturer marketing in this sector along with greater confidence in the economic outlook of UK PLC”.
NOTES TO EDITORS:
The Retail Motor Industry represents the interests of operators in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man providing sales and services to motorists and businesses. The RMI has a formal association with the independent Scottish Motor Trade Association which represents the retail motor industry in Scotland.