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UK: Van demand boosts growth in April CV market

Total CV registrations increased 30.9% in April to 24,370 units and grew 11.8% during the year so far. Van registrations rose 43% to 20,751 units in the month, and grew 17.6% during the year-to-date. Truck demand fell 12.1% to 3,619 units in the month and declined 15.5% during the first four months of 2013. UK … Continued

  • Total CV registrations increased 30.9% in April to 24,370 units and grew 11.8% during the year so far.
  • Van registrations rose 43% to 20,751 units in the month, and grew 17.6% during the year-to-date.
  • Truck demand fell 12.1% to 3,619 units in the month and declined 15.5% during the first four months of 2013.

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

April% changeYear-to-date% changeRolling year% change
Vans20,75143.0%89,63317.6%253,0782.9%
Trucks3,619-12.1%13,679-15.5%43,186-7.0%
Total24,37030.9%103,31211.8%296,2641.3%

“The CV market saw further growth in April, up almost 40%, but it’s a mixed picture across the different vehicle types,” said Nigel Base, SMMT Commercial Vehicle Manager. “A lift in van demand is contributing to growth across the overall market, but truck registrations continue to decline. This could be symptomatic of operators holding-off on buying vehicles in anticipation of new Euro 6 legislation coming into play later this year as well as wider economic challenges impacting the road transport sector.”

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