Statistics Show Total Commercial Vehicle Sales Have Increased By Over 12%

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9th June 2014 14:07 - Automotive

Despite truck registrations dipping 20% below last year’s figures in May, total commercial vehicle sales rose 12.6% last month reaching 27,198 units, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

Van registrations accounted for a significant proportion of last month’s total figure (24,283), with trucks accumulating just 2,915 sales throughout the 31-day period.

An uplifting month for vans saw it overcome April’s blip, where it fell 0.6% behind last year’s figures, to move 18.4% up on the industry’s figures from May 2013 (20,503).

A boost in sales last month brings vans’ year-to-date registrations up to 124,820, 13.3% more than last year’s figure at this stage.

On the other hand, unfavourable sums for April and May have left truck registrations lagging 23.8% behind the sectors year-to-date numbers from 2013.

Mike Hawes, Chief Executive at SMMT, said van registrations posted a “solid performance” last month that were in-line with the company’s expectations and put trucks’ struggling figures down to the ongoing effect of switching to new Euro-6 compliant models.

He continued by predicting trucks would remain below last year’s threshold and post a lower annual total, but expects that van sales will make up for this shortfall.

A breakdown of May’s van sales indicate that, despite an overall improvement on last year, vans less than or equal to 2.0t underperformed by -4.1%, selling 119 less units than in 2013. Vans between 2.0 – 2.5t, however, tallied 1,309 more sales last month, equating to a +39.7% change from May 2013.

May’s analysis of truck sales shows that, out of five different categories, there is some advancement evident. Rigids between 3.5 – 6.0t achieved 600 registrations in May, 69 more than May last year (531) and a +13% change.

A full breakdown of May’s statistics:

Month May - 14 May - 13 % change
Pickups 2,483 2,260 9.9%
4x4s 623 500 24.6%
Vans <= 2.0t 2,768 2,887 -4.1%
Vans > 2.0 - 2.5t 4,607 3,298 39.7%
Vans > 2.5 - 3.5t 13,802 11,558 19.4%
All Vans to 3.5t 24,283 20,503 19.4%
Rigids > 3.5 - 6.0t 600 531 13.0%
Rigids > 6.0 - 16t 432 829 -47.9%
Rigids > 16t 729 889 -18.0%
All rigids 1,761 2,249 -21.7%
2-axle artics 202 234 -13.7%
3-axle artics 952 1,163 -13.1%
All artics 1,154 1,397 -17.4%

(Figures via SMMT)

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