January was a really great month for new van / LCV sales – up a magnificent 42.34 per cent on the same month 2013. And the biggest inhibitor to February is the availability of van stocks, due to unexpected market bouyancy in January.
And the the level of footfall has continued with van buyers confident that the recovery is underway and they want their transport requirements geared for the extra work they expect during 2014 and beyond.
Ford topped the market in January, with 606 units sold – an increase of 38.67 per cent on January 2013. Sales included 104 Transit Connect SWB and LWB vans – the International Van of the Year 2014. That’s a market-share of 21.31 per cent for Ford in January.
Volkswagen was in second place with 524 units sold, an increase of 24,76 per cent on that month last year, and a market-share of 18.42 per cent. Renault was in third place with 263 units sold, an increase of 39.15 per cent on January 2013, and giving a market-share of 9.25 per cent. Toyota had 234 sales in fourth position, an increase of 87.2 per cent from a very low position in that month last year – giving it a market-share of 8.23 per cent.
Nissan holds fifth position with 203 units sold, an increase of 42.96 per cent and 7.14 per cent market-share. Also featuring in this special ‘Vans for Business’ feature, Mercedes-Benz LCVs recorded 82 units sold in the month, including 49 new Sprinter vans, the Continental Irish Van of the Year 2014, up 49.09 per cent on January 2013.
Check out the full article, and our extensive vans feature in the Auto Trade Journal, out on Friday.