Solid September for commercial vehicle market

Despite economic challenges sales for commercial vehicles and trucks increased in September
Commercial vehicle registrations up 0.8% in September to 43,787 units, rolling year up 0.5% to 295,231.
Truck registrations stable 4,727 units in the month, rolling year up 20.3% to 47,695.
Van registrations up 1.1% to 39,060 units in September, rolling year down 2.6%, with 247,536 registrations.
UK van and truck registrations: 2012 and % change on 2011
September % change Year-to-date % change Rolling year % change
Vans 39,060 1.1% 187,067 -6.3% 247,536 -2.6%
Trucks 4,727 -1.5% 34,371 16.0% 47,695 20.3%
Total 43,787 0.8% 221,438 -3.4% 295,231 0.5%
“The September plate change provided enough of a boost to stabilise van demand in a challenging economic environment,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive. “Continuing the trend seen so far this year, light rigids performed strongly in the month growing 23.4%, while light vans and pickups reversed recent declines, recording rises of 8.8% and 17.2% respectively.”

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