Full year commercial vehicle registration figures from around the EU show the UK has done far better than most, while light van sales also look set to rise.
Figures released today by ACEA show that the UK did better than the EU average in every weight category.
Medium and heavy commercial vehicles over 3.5-tonnes saw increased registrations of 42,280, a 3.5% increase which contrasts with an average 9.1% drop in this sector in the EU as a whole. Bus and coach sales rocketed 31.9% to 7,233 in UK, well ahead of the 1.4% average increase seen across the EU.
While registrations for heavy trucks over 16-tonnes fell by 0.4% in the UK, to 28,837, this is significantly below the EU average drop of 9.4%
Light commercial vehicle sales showed the biggest reduction in the UK at 7.9%, but this is also markedly less than the EU average slump of 13.3%.
The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders also expects the total of 239,641 light commercial vehicles registered in 2012 to rise. Nigel Base, SMMT Commercial Vehicle Manager said, ‘The light van market is forecast to rise almost 5% in 2013 as the market recovers from a challenging year of subdued demand and readjustment after the choppy period of economic uncertainty.
‘With greater economic stability in the UK and a feeling of having passed the low point in Europe, the UK market should rise beyond the 250,000 unit mark, fuelled by a range of new, exciting models going on sale.’
First quarter figures released by the Society today forecast light commercial vehicles registrations will rise 4.7% this year to 251,000, and a further 4.8% in 2014 to 263,00.
Overall the comparative ACEA figures show that the 289,154 commercial vehicles registered in the UK last year mean the market was down 5.7% compared with the EU average of 12.4%.