Continuing the recent trend, van registrations increased 11.5% in March, contributing to an overall commercial vehicles registrations sales rise of 8.1%.
Commenting on the SMMT’s van and truck registration figures, Sue Robinson, Director of the National Franchised Dealers Association which represents commercial vehicle and franchised car retailers across the UK said:
“The Commercial Vehicle market as a whole continues to perform strongly, which is positive news for Commercial Vehicle dealers. However, it is disappointing to see a decline in truck sales of 15.1%”.
“The strongest improvement this March came from the pick-up sector, a vehicle often favoured by the self employed and building industries, with an increase of 29.2%. The Light Commercial Vehicle market was up 23% for the month, highlighting the confidence of users to replace vehicles that many have been retaining for too long and running up repair costs.”
Robinson continued: “The truck sector decline may be disappointing, but it is encouraging to see an increase in tractor sales for the first time in a long time. This can be attributed to operators buying up the remaining Euro 5 stock on dealer forecourts before the introduction of more expensive Euro 6 units.”
“The Commercial Vehicle show at the NEC starting 9 April will inform truck operator’s price levels of new models and new Euro 6 variants. Once buyers have finalised their purchasing decisions, this should stimulate heavy truck sales in the next few months.”
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