The commercial vehicle market was up 6.4 per cent in 2012 with truck registrations reaching 45,702, according to figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.
The strongest sector was rigids where registrations were up 16.6 per cent on last year to 24,524. In contrast, registrations of articles were down 7.2 per cent to 18,420.
DAF maintained its market lead for trucks over six tonnes with 11,381 registrations giving it a market share of 28.9 per cent. It was followed by Mercedes (16.7 per cent) and Scania (12 per cent).
However, van registrations were down 7.9 per cent to 239,641.
“2012 has been a challenging year for the UK commercial vehicle market with heavy trucks the only sector performing positively during the year,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT chief executive.
“We look forward to 2013 being a better year for the commercial vehicle market with a host of new products and innovative technologies boosting registrations.”