MERCEDES-BENZ UK BREAKS SALES RECORDS IN 2013

Mercedes Actros

Mercedes-Benz have broken their records for sales of cars, vans and trucks in 2013 – with vans up 21% and trucks up by a massive 35%. The Vans division beat its previous 2007 record by registering 30,257 vans throughout 2013.  The New Sprinter, introduced in the second half of the year, helped lead the charge, […]

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Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’ Solid Performance

VW Crafter

Sales were up for Volkswagen commercial vehicles wordwide – albeit by a slim 0.3%.  There was growth in some markets – notably in South America, whilst sales in most of Europe failed to get going – even in Germany where saes were down by almost 7%, contributing to an overall fall in VW van sales […]

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FORD DELIVERS 10,000 TRANSIT CUSTOMS IN THE UK IN FIRST YEAR

Ford Transit Customs Success

The new Ford Transit Custom has passed a major milestone, reaching 10,000 sales in the UK in the first 12 months of launch. More than 5,500 Transit Custom vans have been sold to UK fleets, with Kelly Fleet Services placing the biggest order yet of 232 vans. Transit Custom is also proving a popular choice […]

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SMMT forecasts modest van registration increase for 2013/4

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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 […]

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VAN VALUES RISE (AGAIN)

Manheim Simulcast in Action

  According to Manheim Auctions, average values of used vans at auction rose in August to £4,150, an increase of £176 or 4.5% from the July figure. Despite the previous 5% fall in values from June to July, the latest monthly Market Analysis from Manheim confirms the continuing upward trend for used LCV values. Looking […]

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Vanarama’s Franchise Network Under Way

The first batch of eager Vanarama Franchisees

Vehicle leasing company, the Autorama Group, is profiting from the banks inability to lend to small businesses. Despite a reluctance to lend by the high street banks, Autorama tell us they are experiencing a healthy appetite to lend in the commercial vehicle sector.  The company is taking advantage of this and is expanding its national […]

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Vauxhall Van’s Registrations Slipped from Second Place – But Take top Retail Sales Slot

Vauxhall’s new Combo should see sales increase soon

For the first time in recent memory, Vauxhall have slipped from second place in the van registration charts – giving way to VW in March this year.  The company is content to let what it sees as the marginal, large fleet business slide in order for it to concentrate on the higher-margin retail business. Vauxhall […]

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Berlingo Takes Lead in Van Sales Chart

In the high cube F1 van segment (up to 2,500kg gvw), the Citroen Berlingo has beaten its rivals to gain top spot for the first two months of 2012. During January and February, Citroën sold 1,345 Berlingos to take the leading position – a 24.1% share – of this very competitive sector. Scott Michael, Citroën’s […]

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Vauxhall Shuns Big Fleet Business

New 2012 Vauxhall Combo

New 2012 Vauxhall Combo Vauxhall has set out its stall for 2012, – it will be based on the company’s 2011 performance when the company reduced its ‘short-cycle’ volumes by 27%. This means that there were fewer sales to the biggest fleets and rental operators. “This was a planned strategy,” commented Vauxhall’s National Commercial Vehicle […]

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Vauxhall Vans’ Impressive Retail Sales

Vauxhall Movano

Vauxhall Vans placed a strong stake into the ground in 2011 in the commercial vehicle retail sector, securing number 1 position for the first time in the company’s history noting a 16.35% share. Vauxhall’s Combo and the Vivaro both proved strong players, each achieving a number 1 position in their respective segment. In overall sales […]

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