3,586 new trucks were registered in January, up 45.4 per cent on January 2011, pushing the rolling year total to 44,063, up by 24.6 per cent.
2,260 rigid trucks were sold in January alone, representing a growth of 85.1 per cent year on year. Registrations of 6 – 16 tonne rigid trucks were up by 110.6 per cent, and for rigids over 16 tonnes registrations were up by 108.7 per cent compared to January 2011.
Artic registrations were also up by 6.4 per cent.
Paul Everitt, SMMT chief executive, said: “OvGovernment support for business will be key to maintaining market stability. If confidence can be maintained through the year, we should see growth in 2013.”
The report found that after 2011’s robust recovery in truck demand, and a notably strong final quarter, there was no let-up in the positive trend in very firm demand.