The SMMT has released year to date light commercial vehicle registration figures for the UK.
It showed sales of light commercials declined by -24.8 per cent in June with 30,041 units. Year to date, the market is down by -44.6 per cent.
Small vans under 2.0 tonnes which are often used as service vehicles, saw the largest decline, down -49.4 per cent.
Medium-sized vans heavier than 2.0-2.5 tonnes declined by -19.1 per cent, while vans weighing more than 2.5-3.5 tonnes experienced a decline of 22.8 per cent.
Commenting on the figures, Sue Robinson, director of the National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA), which represents franchised car and commercial vehicle retailers in the UK, said: “As van dealerships have now reopened throughout the UK, demand for new and cleaner light commercials is gradually increasing.
“Demand for cheaper, used vans has already increased, this in turn will push buyers to revisit their fleet requirements and consider new commercials as used vans’ prices rise.
“Over the past months, fewer light commercial vehicles have been produced across Europe and with only essential business operations running, most private and business buyers have held back in these uncertain times.
“As countries start to reopen and manufacturers build new commercials, we hope demand will continue to grow, however it is unlikely it will return to normal levels until 2021.”