Van sales dip in 2017
Van sales tumbled in 2017 according to figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). Last year sales of all LCVs fell by 3.6% from figures in 2016, the first decline in registrations since 2012.
A total of 362,149 new vans and pick-ups were sold by manufacturers in the UK during the year, but despite the dip, demand is still at its third highest in a decade.
The markets for vans under 2-tonnes and heavy vans weighing 2.5- to 3.5-tonnes was responsible for the overall decinline, falling by -20.3% and -3.1% respectively. But on a positive note, pick-ups and smaller vans weighing 2.0-2.5 tonnes saw uplifts of 7.8% and 2.3% respectively, compared with 2016.
The year was finished on a strong note with December LCV registrations increasing by 2.9% to 28,016 units. Pick-ups were particularly popular, with demand rising 6.0% in the month, while registrations of larger vans weighing 2.5- to 3.5-tonnes grew 7.5%. But, at the smaller end of the market, car-derived vans weighing under 2t and smaller vans weighing 2 to 2.5 tonnes fell by -20.4% and -5.7% respectively.