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November Sees Rise In New Van Sales

December 14, 2018 by Logan Biggs

If you are in the motor trade then you will no doubt be pleased to read that, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), there has been a rise in the number of new van sales here in the UK in November 2018 when compared with the same month last year.

In November 2018 29,035 new vans up to 3.5 tonnes were sold whereas in November 2017 26,486 new vans were sold in that category. That is an increase of 9.6% and we are sure you will agree that is good news for the industry.

In November 2018 there were 3,876 new pickups sold compared to 3,346 new pickups sold in November 2017. That is a rise of 15.8%.

In November 2018 there were 170 new 4 x 4s sold in the UK compared to 20 in November 2017. That is a big rise of 750%.

In November 2018 there were 1,957 new vans below 2 tonnes sold in the UK whereas in November 2017 there were 2,041 โ€“ a drop of 4.1%.

In November 2018 there were 4,306 new vans in the 2.0 to 2.5 tonnes category sold whereas in November 2017 there were 4,488 new vans in the same category sold. That is a drop of 4.1%.

In November 2018 there were 18,726 new vans sold in the 2.5 tonnes to 3.5 tonnes category whereas in November 2017 there were 16,591 new vans sold in the same category โ€“ an increase of 12.9%.

The sale of rigids in the 3.5 tonnes to 6 tonnes category rose from 478 in November 2017 to 550 in November 2018 โ€“ a rise of 15.1%.

On a year to date basis to November 2018, the sale of all vans to 3.5 tonnes was 331,776 compared to 334,133 for the same period to November 2017. That is a fall of 0.7%.

It is a shame that new car sales for the month of November 2018 in comparison to November 2017 did not show a similar pattern to new van sales here in the UK.

It will be interesting to see the figures for the number of new van sales for the month of December 2018. Let us hope that we see another increase as this can only be good news for the motor trade industry and in particular foe motor traders dealing in van sales both new and second hand.



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