New van sales remain strong in 2014

New van sales are on the rise, according to the latest figures supplied by the Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders (SMMT).
A total of 49,123 registrations for new LCVs (up to 3.5 tonne) in September represent a year-on-year rise of 14.1 per cent compared to the same month in 2013.
September 2014’s sales take the year-to-date total to 242,071 which equates to an 18.1 per cent improvement on the same period last year. Better still the rolling year tally now stands at 308,140, having broken the 300,000 mile post last month for the first time since the beginning of the recession.
Ford had a blinding month with 14,985 registrations, a year-on-year rise of 48.1 per cent, giving it a 30.5 per cent market share in September. To put this in perspective, Ford’s sales for the month exceeded those of second-placed Volkswagen, third-placed Peugeot and fourth-placed Vauxhall combined by some margin.
“With businesses feeling increased economic confidence and downsizing from larger vehicles, the van market has delivered another strong performance. This has also yielded growth in the whole commercial vehicle market, continuing the positivity seen throughout the majority of the year.” said Mike Hawes, SMMT chief executive. “We are yet to see the truck market show signs of significant recovery following a flurry of registrations ahead of the Euro-6 introduction last year, which tempered demand going in to 2014.”