Strong growth for van market

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Almost 200,000 vans have been registered in the first half of 2019 – up 8.7 per cent on last year, driven by strong demand for panel vans between 2.5 and 3.5 tonnes.

Figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders should that registrations in the 2.5-3.5 tonne segment were up 11.4 per cent in the first half at 123,039.

SMMT chief Mike Hawes, said: “With many light commercial vehicles playing a crucial role in urban areas, getting more of the latest, cleanest and most fuel efficient models on to our roads is essential to help improve air quality – so it’s good news to see the UK van market performing so well. However, it’s important to remember that purchasing patterns are cyclical and for this trend to continue we need business confidence to improve and political uncertainty to end with a good Brexit deal.”

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