Van market up 18pc on last year

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The van market for the first nine months of 2014 was 18.1 per cent up on last year, according to figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.

However, the truck market is still depressed following the move to the Euro 6 environmental standard at the start of the year.

In September, van registrations were 14.1 per cent up on last year at 49,123, taking registrations for the first nine months to 242,071.

“With businesses feeling increased economic confidence and downsizing from larger vehicles, the van market has delivered another strong performance. This has also yielded growth in the whole commercial vehicle market, continuing the positivity seen throughout the majority of the year.” said SMMT chief Mike Hawes.

Truck registrations for the first nine months were down 20.3 per cent to 27,385. “We are yet to see the truck market show signs of significant recovery following a flurry of registrations ahead of the Euro-6 introduction last year, which tempered demand going in to 2014,” said Hawes.

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