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February 5, 2019

UK light commercial sales rise in January

The new light commercial vehicle (LCV) market grew 8.6% in January, according to the latest figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

By Olly Wehring

The new light commercial vehicle (LCV) market grew 8.6% in January, according to the latest figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

A total of 22,236 new vans and pick-ups joined UK roads in the first month of the year, an uplift of 1,761 compared with January 2018. 

All segments saw growth in the month, except medium vans weighing 2.0-2.5 tonnes, where demand fell 3.9%. Car-derived vans weighing less than 2.0 tonnes and pickups both saw double-digit increases, by 31.7% and 13.4%, boosted by new model introductions and sales campaigns. Demand also grew for large vans weighing 2.5-3.5 tonnes, increasing by 7.1%, to 13,268 vehicles.

Mike Hawes, SMMT chief executive, said: "January's positive performance follows a mixed 2018, which finished on a particularly poor December, so some bounce back was to be expected. Further fluctuations in demand are predicted over the coming months as the UKs post-Brexit future remains uncertain. Operators need stability to invest and renew their fleets."

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