Trucks stable in August, but market subdued by weak van performance

  • Commercial vehicle market down 10.2% in August to 11,716 registrations, rolling year up 1.6% to 294,886.
  • Truck registrations stable 2,408 units in the month, rolling year up 20.9% to 47,766.
  • Van registrations down 12.5% to 9,308 units in August, rolling year down 1.4%, with 247,120 registrations.

UK van and truck registrations: 2012 and % change on 2011

August % change Year-to-date % change Rolling year % change
Vans 9,308 -12.5% 148,007 -8.1% 247,120 -1.4%
Trucks 2,408 -0.1% 29,644 19.4% 47,766 20.9%
Total 11,716 -10.2% 177,651 -4.4% 294,886 1.6%

“Trucks have performed well throughout 2012 with volumes up 20% for the year-to-date, but vans have struggled and look set to end the year almost 10% behind last year’s levels,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive. “Last year we saw heavy trucks leading recovery, now medium-weight trucks are performing well, up 40% for the year so far. The economic situation in Europe and around the world is far from certain, but if business and buyer confidence improves, we’d anticipate the van market recovering in 2013.”

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