“It is encouraging to see that van registrations improved in January, although truck sales made a disappointing start in 2013” said Sue Robinson, Director of the RMI 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 commercial vehicle figures released today show overall sales rose 5.6% in January. Heavy truck registrations decreased by 19.6% last month, whilst van registrations increased by 11.9%.

Robinson continued “The van market made a positive start in 2013 largely due to keen offers and strong marketing campaigns currently being offered by manufacturers.

“The pick-up and mid size van sectors both experienced strong sales during January. These vehicles are often purchased by private buyers or the self employed which perhaps indicates a boost in a sector that is often used as a barometer on the general public’s spending confidence.

“The overall decline in the truck market follows on from the steep drop in sales experienced at the end of 2012.

“Of particular concern is the reduction in sales of articulated tractors, one of the largest commercial vehicle markets. However it is likely that the decline is in line with normal seasonal changes.”



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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.