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Mixed start for 2012 commercial vehicle market as January dips 8.6%

06 February 2012 #HGVs #Registrations #SMMT News
  • Van and truck registrations dip 8.6% in January, rolling year up 14.2% to 301,400.
  • Truck registrations up 45.4% at 3,586 in the month, rolling year up 24.6% to 44,063.
  • Van registrations down 16.4% to 14,338 units in January, rolling year up 12.6% to 257,337.

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

January % change Year-to-date % change Rolling year % change
Vans 14,338 -16.4% 14,338 -16.4% 257,337 12.6%
Trucks 3,586 45.4% 3,586 45.4% 44,063 24.6%
Total 17,924 -8.6% 17,924 -8.6% 301,400 14.2%

“The commercial vehicle market got off to a mixed start in January with very strong truck registrations outweighed by a fall in the van market,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive. “Over the course of 2012 SMMT expects the CV market to be steady, ending the year marginally up on 2011. Government support for business will be key to maintaining market stability. If confidence can be maintained through the year, we should see growth in 2013.”

CV registrations at January 2012

  • January’s van registrations opened 2012 on a cautious note. At 14,338 it was below SMMT’s recently revised forecasts of 17,000 for the month, down 16.4% on January 2011 (which was up near 50% on January 2010). If the year pans-out as expected, van registrations will be stable in very weak economic and uneasy financial settings.
  • After 2011’s robust recovery in truck demand, and a notably strong final quarter, there was no let-up in January. Growth was robust again; the positive trend in very firm demand continued. Registrations of all trucks >3.5t were 3,586, up by 45.4%; trucks >6t saw 3,191 registrations, up 49.4%. SMMT is cautious, but hopes these levels of demand can hold into 2012.

Click through to download the full SMMT new van and truck news release and data tables for January 2012.

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