“It is extremely positive to see light commercial vehicle registrations rebound in April thanks to the best performance on record, boosted by newly-found confidence in the economy, a successful vaccine roll-out and a clearer route out of the pandemic”, said Sue Robinson, Chief Executive of the National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA) which represents franchised commercial vehicle dealers in the UK, commenting on the latest SMMT’s light van market registration figures.
In April 2021, light commercial registrations saw a huge +798% improvement compared to last year, although it is important to note April 2020 was the first full month of lockdown in the UK.
Last month was the busiest April ever with 30,440 new vans and trucks up to 3.5 tonnes going on the road and all segments of the market experienced growth. In particular, there was a significant increase in sales of larger vans bought by established businesses and fleets coupled with the year-on-year growth from the online-home delivery industry.
A total of 20,073 units were registered in the >2.5-3.5t LCV range, representing nearly 66% of all light commercials registered in the month, clearly indicating market confidence in operating maximum weight and capacity vans.
As in previous months, Ford dominated sales with both its Transit Custom and Heavy Transit models, while the Mercedes Sprinter took the third position. In overall volume terms year-to-date, Ford leads with Volkswagen in second place, followed by Vauxhall commercials.
Sue Robinson added: “Although most UK commercial dealers are confident that demand will continue as confidence in the economy increases, there are concerns over supply due to ongoing Covid related issues at factories around Europe and the worldwide shortage of semiconductors”.
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