CV Registration Statistics

Here you will find the registration statistics for heavy and light commercial vehicles.

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Half-year van volumes delight while trucks stay subdued

“The van market has shown another strong performance in June, yielding higher-than-expected growth for the year so far,” said Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive. “This has helped the total commercial vehicle market achieve half-year growth of more than 11%, despite a somewhat depressed truck sector. Trucks continued to decline in the first six months of […]

April Trucks Registrations still down – vans flat

“Ongoing robust demand for vans continued the year-to-date trend in line with SMMT’s revised van forecast for 2014, a forecast that should see the market grow more than 11% on 2013,” said Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive. “The overall market remained subdued, however, as the Euro-6 lag continued for trucks. Demand for HCVs is likely […]

Demand for March 14-plate registers further commercial vehicle growth

“The new 14-plate drove van numbers up, pushing the overall commercial vehicle market 11.4% ahead of 2013 to more than 54,000 units,” said Mike Hawes SMMT Chief Executive. “Registration plate changes always prove popular with van buyers, so March and September numbers are typically more than double the average month, a trend continued this March […]

Van Registrations keep the Industry Going in February

“Growing van registrations supported the February vehicle market as middle and heavy-weight vans enjoyed healthy rises, reflecting improving economic activity,” said Mike Hawes SMMT Chief Executive. “Registrations of trucks over six tonnes continued to decline as the market adjusts to new Euro-6 legislation. We anticipate this rebalancing act to be a factor for some months […]

January Registrations – Vans Good – Trucks Better than Expected

“The overall commercial vehicle market grew 4.4% in January as more robust business confidence boosted van registrations,” said Mike Hawes SMMT Chief Executive. “As expected, the pre-Euro-6 rush at the end of last year dented truck volumes in January – a market factor we expect to continue for some months. Looking ahead, SMMT is confident […]

December Truck Registration Madness

Vehicle registration analysis: the year that was 2013 The number of commercial vehicles registered during 2013 has led to a gross distortion in the market, far outweighing even the predictions of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, according to Iveco UK Managing Director Claudio Zanframundo. Speaking at Iveco’s 28th annual State of the Nation […]

December Bonanza for Truck Dealers – Year End CV Stats

“The 2013 commercial vehicle market rose 14.7%, making it the best performance in the last five years,” said Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive. “Boosted by a strong second half to the year, the truck market rose to pass 56,000 units, while van owners and operators responded positively to the wider economic recovery finishing the year […]

| Registrations to top 2008 totals | CV Industry Statistics | Truck and Van Registrations | November 2013

“The November commercial vehicle market rose 22.7%, continuing the strong upward momentum we’ve seen over the past four months,” said Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive. “With engine technology developments driving up the truck market, plus van owners and operators responding positively to this year’s economic recovery, the sector is on course for its best performance […]

Pre-Euro 6 Boost finally arrives

“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%,” said Nigel Base, SMMT Commercial Vehicle Manager. “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 […]

| Vans and Trucks both up for all-important month | CV Industry Statistics | Truck and Van Registrations | September 2013

“The commercial vehicle industry can take heart from a respectable performance in August with customers boosting registrations by almost 15%,” said Nigel Base, SMMT Commercial Vehicle Manager. “For vans, August is always a quieter month ahead of the September plate-change but the 9.4% year-to-date rise in volumes is set to be maintained through to year […]

| Buoyant August for Vans and Trucks | CV Industry Statistics | Truck and Van Registrations | August 2013

“The commercial vehicle industry can take heart from a respectable performance in August with customers boosting registrations by almost 15%,” said Nigel Base, SMMT Commercial Vehicle Manager. “For vans, August is always a quieter month ahead of the September plate-change but the 9.4% year-to-date rise in volumes is set to be maintained through to year […]

| Tractor Units Up – Vans Down | CV Industry Statistics | Truck and Van Registrations | July 2013

“July’s commercial vehicle market performed on par with 2012 levels as rising truck volumes helped to offset a dip in van sales,” said Nigel Base, SMMT Commercial Vehicle Manager. “We’ve been expecting a rise in truck volumes as the Euro 5/6 issue comes to a head. In July, trucks rose 10.3% continuing the trend begun […]

| Artics Up and Vans Bounce Back in June | CV Industry Statistics | Truck and Van Registrations | June2013

“The overall CV market rose 7.6% in the first half of 2013 with strong van registrations (up 11.2%) outweighing the uncertain truck market (down 10.4%),” said Nigel Base, SMMT Commercial Vehicle Manager. “Looking ahead to the rest of 2013, we expect the van market to remain stable with a return to a more normal replacement […]

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| Trucks and Vans Down in May | CV Industry Statistics | Truck and Van Registrations | May 2013

“The overall CV market has performed well so far in 2013, but May saw volumes fall 3.8% as van model cycles combined with Euro 6 uncertainty for trucks,” said Nigel Base, SMMT Commercial Vehicle Manager. “For trucks, history tells us that purchases of Euro 5 will mix with new Euro 6 trucks as the year […]

Vans Up 40% | Trucks Sluggish | CV Industry Statistics | Truck and Van Registrations | April 2013

“The CV market saw further growth in April, up almost 40%, but it’s a mixed picture across the different vehicle types,” said Nigel Base, SMMT Commercial Vehicle Manager. “A lift in van demand is contributing to growth across the overall market, but truck registrations continue to decline. This could be symptomatic of operators holding-off on […]

Vans Up 11% | Trucks Improving | CV Industry Statistics | Truck and Van Registrations | March 2013

“Overall CV registrations continue to perform positively with the market increasing 8.1% in March, boosted by an uplift in van demand,” said Nigel Base, SMMT Commercial Vehicle Manager. “Truck demand remains weak, but this could be indicative of delayed purchasing decisions ahead of the introduction of new Euro 6 legislation later this year.”   March […]

Vans Positive, Truck Struggle | CV Industry Statistics | Truck and Van Registrations | February 2013

CV market moves up in February, but truck buyers delay decisions “The commercial vehicle industry’s good start to 2013 continued into February, rising 5% as the van market grew 11.8% on last year, but it’s a complex picture,” said Nigel Base, SMMT Commercial Vehicle Manager. “The truck market declined 16%, perhaps as owners and operators […]

Vans Up & Trucks Down | CV Industry Statistics | Truck and Van Registrations | January 2013

Vans registrations make bright start in 2013 while trucks trail “2013 is set to be a telling year for the commercial vehicle sector with van registrations off to a good start and the truck sector’s performance under close scrutiny ahead of the introduction of Euro 6 from January 2014,” said Nigel Base, SMMT Commercial Vehicle […]

Top of the Trucks | 2012 Truck Brand Analysis | Subscribers Only |

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Disappointing Year End | CV Industry Statistics | Truck and Van Registrations | December 2012

Tough year for commercial vehicles sees market fall 5.9% “While 2012 has been a challenging year for the UK commercial vehicle market with heavy trucks the only sector performing positively during the year,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive. “The commercial vehicle market ended 5.9% down on 2011 as business confidence wavered. Vans have struggled […]

SMMT forecasts modest van registration increase for 2013/4

Forecasting is never easy – the only thing you can say is that your forecast is almost sure to be wrong. If you are the SMMT, however, then you are expected to put your head above the parapet and come up with a figure. At the time of writing, it looks as if the van […]

November Chill Bites | CV Industry Statistics | Truck and Van Registrations | November 2012

November chill bites commercial vehicle market “November saw van and truck volumes fall, compounding the 5% drop in the market for the year-to-date,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive. “This year has seen the van market re-adjust after bouncing back from recession, while truck volumes have been steady. We look forward to next year where […]

October fall | CV Industry Statistics | Truck and Van Registrations | October 2012

October fall leaves commercial vehicle market subdued “SMMT recently updated its forecast for light van registrations, suggesting a 6.5% drop in van volumes for 2012, a situation reflected by the weak October market that fell 8.1% versus 2011,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive. “Despite almost 10% decline in the month, trucks have performed well […]

Solid September Sales | CV Industry Statistics | Truck and Van Registrations | September 2012

“The September plate change provided enough of a boost to stabilise van demand in a challenging economic environment,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive. “Continuing the trend seen so far this year, light rigids performed strongly in the month growing 23.4%, while light vans and pickups reversed recent declines, recording rises of 8.8% and 17.2% […]

Vans Down, Trucks Flat | C V Industry Statistics | Truck and Van Registrations | August 2012

“Trucks have performed well throughout 2012 with volumes up 20% for the year-to-date, but vans have struggled and look set to end the year almost 10% behind last year’s levels,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive. “Last year we saw heavy trucks leading recovery, now medium-weight trucks are performing well, up 40% for the year […]

Vans Up, Trucks Down | C V Industry Statistics | Truck and Van Registrations | July 2012

Van registrations boost sees July market rise 8.1% “The commercial vehicle market received a welcome boost in July, rising 8.1% in the month, fuelled by strong van registrations. Down 2.2% in the month, truck registrations showed signs of stabilising after almost two years of consistent recovery from recessionary lows,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive. […]

Vans Down, Trucks Up | C V Industry Statistics | Truck and Van Registrations | June 2012

“The commercial vehicle market stabilised in June, down just 0.4%, after a changeable few months. Truck volumes remained strong, up 14.7% in the month while van numbers dipped 2.5%,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive. “The trend for the commercial vehicle market is generally stable, but it is far from settled and is likely to […]

Van & Truck Registrations Up | C V Industry Statistics | Truck and Van Registrations | May 2012

May sees vans join trucks in registrations rise  “The truck market continued its strong progress, up 31.5% in May and there was a welcome return to growth for the van market, its first rise of 2012,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive. “It’s too early to know if the change in fortunes for the van […]

C V Industry Statistics | Truck and Van Registrations | April 2012

April continues market split as heavy and light CVs continue to move in opposite directions “Vans struggled to retain the rate of growth seen in 2011, down 11.1% in March while trucks volumes grew 25.6%, the 18th consecutive monthly rise,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive. “Fuel prices are at the forefront of everyone’s minds, […]

C V Industry Statistics | Truck and Van Registrations | March 2012

March van market struggles while trucks stay strong “Vans struggled to retain the rate of growth seen in 2011, down 11.1% in March while trucks volumes grew 25.6%, the 18th consecutive monthly rise,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive. “Fuel prices are at the forefront of everyone’s minds, so the efficiency of new vans and […]

C V Industry Statistics | Truck and Van Registrations | February 2012

Trucks registrations continue upward trend in February, vans numbers fall “February saw truck registrations rise 26.4% to 2,613, the 17th monthly rise but van registrations were down in what is a relatively low-key month after a strong recovery in 2011,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive. “It is extremely important that the Chancellor uses this […]

C V Industry Statistics | Truck and Van Registrations | January 2012 |

Trucks up and Vans Down in January Data from the SMMT “The commercial vehicle market got off to a mixed start in January with very strong truck registrations outweighed by a fall in the van market,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive. “Over the course of 2012 SMMT expects the CV market to be steady, […]

C V Industry Statistics | Truck and Van Registrations | December 2011 |

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C V Industry Statistics | Truck and Van Registrations | November 2011

November van and truck market continues upward trend, growing 19.1% “The commercial vehicle market remains buoyant with October registrations up by more than 10% and year to date up by nearly 20%,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive. “Efficiency is a key driver as operators are investing in the latest models across almost every market […]

C V Industry Statistics | Truck and Van Registrations | October 2011

October van and truck market accelerates, growing 10.7% “The commercial vehicle market remains buoyant with October registrations up by more than 10% and year to date up by nearly 20%,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive. “Efficiency is a key driver as operators are investing in the latest models across almost every market sector to […]

C V Industry Statistics | Truck and Van Registrations | September 2011

September van and truck market up 8.8% as sector confidence stays high “Confidence returned to the commercial vehicle market in 2011 and the September market continues the upward trend, growing 8.8% on last year,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive. “The future state of the economy is certainly a concern, but it’s clear that owners […]

C V Industry Statistics | Truck and Van Registrations | August 2011

August up 22.8% as strong van and truck demand continues “August saw the strong and sustained bounce-back continue across much of the van and truck industry as operators returned to more typical replacement schedules,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive. “With the commercial vehicle market up by over 20% for the year-to-date, industry is optimistic, […]

C V Industry Statistics | Truck and Van Registrations | July 2011

Commercial vehicle recovery continues with July registrations up 3.0% “July saw the first drop in the volume of vans registered following 17 consecutive monthly increases, reflecting a more uncertain period for the economy,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive. “Truck figures rose by 27.5%, the tenth successive monthly rise and while industry remains cautious, expectations […]

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