The commercial vehicle market got a 40 per cent boost in November as operators scrambled to complete their fleet replacement programmes before the Euro 6 regulations come into force in January.
Registrations of trucks over 6 tonnes rose to 4,848 in November from 3,471 this time last year, according to figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.
It means that for the first 11 months of 2013, registrations are up 9.4 per cent on last year at 38,715.
DAF was outperformed by Mercedes in November, but is still the dominant player in the market with a 27 per cent share for the first 11 months. Mercedes has increased its share to 17.6 per cent while Scania is also up – from 11.9 per cent to 14 per cent. Iveco and Volvo also reported healthy increases.
The van market (under 3.5 tonnes) or the first 11 months 11.7 per cent to 250,124. The one blot on the landscape is the heavy van market (3.5 – 6 tonnes) which has fallen 8.6 per cent to 6,152 for the first 11 months.