Euro 4 takes its toll

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Truck sales plummeted in October as the Euro 4 legislation came into force. Figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders show that registrations were down 39.4 per cent to 3,061.

As predicted, many truck buyers bought Euro 3 vehicles ahead of the change so a fall in sales in October was widely expected.

For the year to October, the picture is much rosier with registrations down just 1.8 per cent at 48,694 suggesting that the overall figure for the year, though down a little will still be very healthy.

In contrast to the truck market, the van market continued to be strong in the year to October with registrations up one per cent on last year.
SMMT chief Christopher Macgowan said the medium and heavy van market had its best October for 10 years.

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