As with passenger cars, van and truck sales in the United Kingdom hit a five year high in 2013 as commercial vehicle registrations rose 14.7% to 327,291 

Van volume rose 13.1% year on year to 271,073 units, boosted by 32.5% growth in December alone.

Truck registrations totalled 56,218 units in the year, up 23%, as the move to Euro 6 emissions rules fuelled growth. 

"The 2013 commercial vehicle market rose 14.7%, making it the best performance in the last five years," said SMMT CEO Mike Hawes.

"Boosted by a strong second half to the year, the truck market rose to pass 56,000 units, while van owners and operators responded positively to the wider economic recovery finishing the year more than 13% up on 2012.

"The introduction of new Euro 6 trucks will be of key interest to the heavy end of the market in 2014, while we expect the forthcoming launches of several new light commercial vans to deliver further growth in this important sector."

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SMMT van and truck registrations - data for December and full-year 2013

 


2013 van and truck market hits five year high.

  • 2013 total commercial vehicle registrations grew 14.7% to 327,291 units.
  • Vans rose 13.1% over the year registering 271,073 units, boosted by 32.5% growth in December.
  • Truck registrations totalled 56,218 units in the year, up 23% as the move to Euro 6 fuelled growth. 

UK van and truck registrations: 2013 and % change on 2012

 

December

% change

Year-to-date

% change

Rolling year

% change

Vans

20,949

32.5%

271,073

13.1%

271,073

13.1%

Trucks

11,351

217.2%

56,218

23.0%

56,218

23.0%

Total

32,300

66.6%

327,291

14.7%

327,291

14.7%

"The 2013 commercial vehicle market rose 14.7%, making it the best performance in the last five years," said Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive. "Boosted by a strong second half to the year, the truck market rose to pass 56,000 units, while van owners and operators responded positively to the wider economic recovery finishing the year more than 13% up on 2012. The introduction of new Euro 6 trucks will be of key interest to the heavy end of the market in 2014, while we expect the forthcoming launches of several new light commercial vans to deliver further growth in this important sector."

Original source: SMMT