Van sales continue to climb
Sales of vans are continuing to grow strongly as the industry pulls away from the recent recession.
Figures published today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders show registrations of new vans climbing 21.7 per cent to 17,086 units in December – over the full year some 222,915 were sold, up 19.6 per cent and according to SMMT Chief Executive Paul Everitt; “one of the strongest annual rates of growth ever.”
“The van market rose in all but one month in 2010, boosted by better than expected business confidence and improved output from the construction sector,” Everitt says.
“While we still have a long way to go to get volumes back to pre-recession levels, we expect more growth in 2011 and 2012,” Everitt continues.
Light van sales, up to two tonnes in weight, soared by 41.4 per cent to 48,309, units, while the December sales figure was 3,067, a rise of 50.7 per cent. Vans of up to three tonnes climbed 19.6 per cent to 222,915, and were 21.7 per cent up in December, to 17,086.
The medium van segment, two to 2.5 tonnes, was up 21.2 per cent over the year to 27,520, and 45.5 per cent in December to 2,091. Heavy vans, up to 3.5 tonnes, saw growth of 18.7 per cent to 126,197, 5.5 per cent up in December to 9,654.
Words by: Andrew Charman