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New van registrations up 1.8% in February 2019

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The UK new light commercial vehicle (LCV) market remained stable in February, with year-on-year demand growing by 1.8%, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

SMMT figures show that 249 more vans and pick-ups were registered in February (typically one of the year’s smallest months) compared with 2018.

Large vans weighing 2.5-3.5 tonnes drove growth, rising 4.2% to take 65% of market share. Car-derived vans weighing 2.0 tonnes also saw an increase, up 4.6%. Meanwhile, demand for pick-ups and medium-sized vans experienced falls in registrations, down by 2.4% and 4.5% respectively.

Year-to-date, 36,620 new LCVs have been registered, representing a rise of 5.8% on the first two months of 2018.

Mike Hawes, SMMT chief executive, said: “While stability in the new van market in February is welcome news, it is important to remember that February is typically a quiet month, as buyers await the March plate change.

“The increase follows a turbulent few months for van registrations and the effect of ongoing political and economic uncertainty on business confidence is likely to result in further fluctuations throughout the year.” 

 



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