Van market down 2.7pc on last year

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The UK van market is down 2.7 per cent in the first seven months of the year, according to figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.

Registrations in the 2.5 – 3.5 tonne sector were four per cent down at 124,710 units, while the 2-2.5 tonne sector fell 1.4 per cent to 31,346 units.

SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes said: “While variations in buying cycles are a natural feature of the light commercials sector and demand is still at high levels, the overall trend is one of decline. On-going uncertainty and low business confidence are undoubtedly having an effect; therefore government must address these concerns and create the conditions necessary for the market to prosper.”

The market is dominated by Ford’s Transit range – the Transit Custom is market leader with registrations standing at 30,997 for the year to date. That is followed by the Transit on 19,154. The Volkswagen Transporter is third with 13,197 registrations while the Transit Connect is fourth with 10,697.

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