Monday 5th Dec 2016 - Logistics Manager

Strong growth for commercial vehicle market

The truck market was up 22.3 per cent to just over 47,000 units for the first 11 months of 2015, according to figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.

Three axle artics showed the strongest growth – up 37.8 per cent on last year to 16,838 units.

The van market was up almost 16 per cent to 341,000 units for the period.

DAF was market leader for trucks over six tonnes with a 26.4 per cent share. Mercedes, in second place, took 17.7 per cent of the market while Scania was third with 16 per cent.

Ford maintained its dominance of the van market (up to 3.5 tonnes) with a share of 27 per cent. Volkswagen was second with 12 per cent.

Mike Hawes, SMMT chief executive, said: “The commercial vehicle market continues to demonstrate phenomenal progress, with sustained growth over a number of years as ever-more confident businesses invest in their fleets.

“The sharp upturn in truck registrations comes as no surprise, given the heavy fall seen in the same month last year – but the long-term trend of robust growth is encouraging.”