Truck sales have bucked an overall fall in commercial vehicle registrations according to final year figures released by The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders today.
Overall the market shrink by 5.9% in 2012 to 286,343 vehicles, while van registrations showed the steepest decline falling by 7.9% to 239,641. Vans of two tonnes and below suffered the biggest fall with an 11.4% fall on 2011.
Truck sales increased by 6.4%, however, rising from 42,944 registrations in 2011 to 45,702 in 2012. The biggest percentage gain is for rigids between 3.5 and 6.0 tonnes, but despite a drop in registrations of 7.1%, three-axle artics still account for the lion’s share of the truck sector with 15,276 joining the roads in 2012.
SMMT Chief Executive Paul Everitt said: “While 2012 has been a challenging year for the UK commercial vehicle market, we anticipate 2013 will be a better year with the light sector returning to growth.”
“Heavy trucks performed positively during the year ending 6.4 percent up, but vans struggled all year with just under 240,000 registered. Looking ahead, 2013 will see a host of new products and innovative technologies boosting registrations.”