Truck market bounces back in January

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The truck market bounced back in January after the Euro 6-fuelled doldrums of 2014 with a 38.6 per cent rise in registrations to 2,518, according the figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and traders.

Artics were the star performers with registrations more than doubling to 1,073. Rigids were up by a more modest 9.6 per cent to 1,445.

The van market continued to be strong with a 21.7 per cent rise to 22,049 in January.

SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes said: “Changes to Euro Standards and Type Approval Regulations in 2014 affected demand last year, and now we are starting to see a return to business as usual.”

DAF maintained its market leadership in January, with a 96 per cent increase in registrations on last year to 481. But it was run close by Mercedes which registered 461 units in January – a 185 per cent increase on last year.

Scania also performed strongly increasing registrations by 121 per cent to 352. Renault and Iveco, which both particularly well in early 2014, saw a fall in registrations this year.

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