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Strong month for vans and trucks sees 27.3% market rise

By Kyle Linsay
Friday, November 8, 2013 - 15:00

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RISE: Strong month for vans and trucks

Total commercial vehicle registrations rose strongly in October, rising 27.3% to 27,578 units in the month.

Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) figures also show the overall commercial vehicle market is up 9.8% for the year-to-date, at 266,934 units.

In October, vans rose 26.3% with 22,473 registrations, posting growth of 11% over the year so far with 227,477 registrations.

Truck demand grew 32% in the month with 5,105 registrations; year-to-date volumes returned to growth, 3.2% ahead of 2012 at 39,457 units.

Nigel Base, Commercial Vehicle Manager, at the SMMT, said: “Both the van and truck markets showed great strength in October boosting the sector by 27.3% and taking the 2013 growth rate to almost 10%.

“We anticipated this late strength in the truck market and SMMT has raised its forecast for van registrations to 264,100 a 10.2% rise on last year.”

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