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

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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 all year with just under 240,000 registered while truck volumes tailed-off towards the end of the year. We look forward to 2013 being a better year for the commercial vehicle market with a host of new products and innovative technologies boosting registrations.”

  December % change Year-to-date % change Rolling year % change
Vans

15,805

-14.2%

239,641

-7.9%

239,641

-7.9%

Trucks

3,579

-22.4%

45,702

6.4%

45,702

6.4%

Total

19,384

-15.8%

285,343

-5.9%

285,343

-5.9%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Heavy Commercial Vehicles December 2012

The top-weight rigids pulled the truck market down in December to bring a disappointing 2012 to a close. Are the 2013 order books looking better for the truck manufacturers?  We can only hope so, as the trend for truck registrations across the board in the UK is down and we aren’t heading for a ‘triple dip’ in the truck market and economy as a whole.

  Trucks

· Rolling year: up 6.42 to 45,702.

· Month: down -22.38% to 3,579.

·YTD: up 6.42% to 45,702.

 

Rigids

·Rolling year: up 16.64% to 28,605

·Month: down –32.05% to 1,836.

·YTD: up 16.64% at 28,605.

 
  Rigids 3.5 to 6T

 

·Rolling year: up 28.77% to 7,126.

·Month: down -21.70% to 397.

·YTD: up 28.77% to 7,126.

Rigids 6.01T to 16T

 

·Rolling year: up 15.22% to 9,738.

·Month: down -26.33% to 733.

·YTD: up 15.22% to 9,738.

 
  . Rigids above 16T

 

·Rolling year: up 11.42% to 11,741.

·Month: down -41.17% to 706.

·YTD: up 11.42% to 11,741.

All artics

 

· Rolling year: down –7.18% to 17,097.

· Month: down -8.70% to 1,743.

· YTD: down -7.18% to 17,097.


 

The Manufacturers’ Market

A disappointing month from market leader, DAF spoilt what was otherwise an excellent year, leaving the company 13% up in a market up 6% overall.  Conversely, Scania had a great December, 71% up on 2011 giving an overall 14% growth and gaining the Swedes two positions up the market share league table to third place.  Other good performances were seen from Isuzu Trucks – up 21% and Mitsubishi Fuso – up 23% – is the market starting to favour smaller, higher payload trucks?

 

HEAVY COMMERCIAL VEHICLES 6t and Above

  Marque

Dec-12

Dec-11

% Change

YTD-12

%

YTD-11

%

% Change

1

DAF TRUCKS (1) [1]

684

1,367

-49 96

11,153

28 91

9,863

26 36

13 08

2

MERCEDES (2) [2]

665

945

-29 63

6,422

16 65

6,326

16 91

1 52

3

SCANIA (3) [5]

443

258

71 71

4,652

12 06

4,071

10 88

14 27

4

MAN (4) [3]

363

570

-36 32

4,324

11 21

4,772

12 76

-9 39

5

VOLVO TRUCKS (5) [4]

362

374

-3 21

3,976

10 31

4,624

12 36

-14 01

6

IVECO (6) [6]

212

236

-10 17

2,908

7 54

2,834

7 58

2 61

7

RENAULT TRUCKS (7) [7]

158

153

3 27

2,555

6 62

2,763

7 39

-7 53

8

ISUZU TRUCKS (8) [8]

70

53

32 08

873

2 26

720

1 92

21 25

9

DENNIS EAGLE (9) [9]

65

66

-1 52

748

1 94

664

1 77

12 65

10

MITSUBISHI FUSO (10) [10]

145

72

101 39

735

1 91

597

1 60

23 12

11

HINO (11) [11]

7

10

-30 00

198

0 51

141

0 38

40 43

12

OTHER IMPORTS (12) [12]

8

0

0 00

31

0 08

24

0 06

29 17

Figures in () brackets denote last month’s position [ ] denote end of 2011 position

 Light Commercial Vehicles December 2012

December was shocking all round for van registrations, the heavier vans performing badly with the smallest vans performing the best. The van makers can only hope that this month starts a better year in 2013.

All Vans to 3.5T

·Rolling year: down -7.88% to 239,641.

·Month: down -14.17% to 15,805.

·YTD: down -7.88% to 239,641.

 
 

Light vans to 2t

·Rolling year: down  -11.35% to 40,392.

· Month: down -11.41% to 2,601.

· YTD: down -11.35% to 40,392

Vans 2 to 2.5T

 

·Rolling year: down -8.50% to 31.017

·Month: down -18.36% to 1,956

·YTD: down -8.50% to 31,017.

 
 

Vans 2.5 to 3.5T

 

·Rolling year: down -7.00% to 137,498

·Month: down -15.54% to 9,222

·YTD: down -7.00% to 137,498.

The Manufacturers’ Market

Peugeot come out the clear winners in the 2012 van manufacturer table.  Rising to a solid fourth place above Mercedes-Benz with 10% growth over 2011 in a shrinking market is a good performance.  Mercedes perhaps do not deserve to lose the place with an 8% growth figure, but are set to retake fourth and set their sights on third spot as the Citan comes on line this year.  Also notable is Volkswagen’s place as the second largest van seller in the UK, overhauling Vauxhall in the early part of the year and maintaining the position throughout 2012.  December saw Mini register a further 62 Clubvans, making it the 15th largest manufacturer in December.  Certainly one to watch for this year.

Marque

Dec-12

Dec-11

% Chg

YTD-12

%

YTD-11

%

% Chg

Ford (1) [1]

3,187

3,806

-16 26

62,372

26 03

70,226

26 99

-11 18

Volkswagen (2) [3]

2,494

2,873

-13 19

30,956

12 92

31,716

12 19

-2 40

Vauxhall (3) [2]

1,867

2,447

-23 70

26,524

11 07

33,514

12 88

-20 86

Peugeot (4) [6]

1,470

1,304

12 73

21,272

8 88

19,328

7 43

10 06

Mercedes (5) [4]

1,854

1,714

8 17

21,055

8 79

19,495

7 49

8 00

Citroen (6) [7]

1,101

1,011

8 90

18,379

7 67

17,275

6 64

6 39

Renault (7) [5]

934

1,949

-52 08

14,710

6 14

19,382

7 45

-24 10

Nissan (8) [8]

564

691

-18 38

10,136

4 23

10,854

4 17

-6 62

Toyota (9) [9]

469

572

-18 01

7,747

3 23

8,391

3 23

-7 67

Fiat (10) [10]

369

519

-28 90

7,060

2 95

8,130

3 13

-13 16

Land Rover (11) [12]

376

417

-9 83

5,917

2 47

6,209

2 39

-4 70

Mitsubishi (12) [11]

261

407

-35 87

4,853

2 03

7,341

2 82

-33 89

Iveco (13) [13]

358

316

13 29

3,593

1 50

3,628

1 39

-0 96

Isuzu (14) [14]

282

221

27 60

2,762

1 15

2,431

0 93

13 62

Great Wall  (15) [20]

28

0

0.00

476

0 20

7

0 00

6700 00

Renault Trucks (16) [16]

58

86

-32 56

476

0 20

588

0 23

-19 05

Other imports (17) [17]

19

21

-9 52

427

0 18

567

0 22

-24 69

Hyundai (18) [15]

7

37

-81 08

379

0 16

677

0 26

-44 02

Isuzu Trucks (19) [18]

18

14

28 57

248

0 10

199

0 08

24 62

Mitsubishi Fuso (20) [19)

11

10

10 00

155

0 06

190

0 07

-18 42

MINI (22) [N/A]

62

0

0.00

86

0 04

0

0 00

0.00

SSANGYONG (21) [21]

16

0

0.00

58

0 02

4

0 00

1350 00

Figures in () brackets denote last month’s position [ ] denote end of 2011 position

Ford dominated the market for heavy vans in 2012, more than doubling their 2011 registrations with Fiat also putting on a good show 20% ahead of their previous year’s performance.  Mercedes-Benz and Iveco enjoyed less success in this sector, the latter down 21% for the year in a market sector where they were once very strong.

Marque

Dec-12

Dec-11

% Change

YTD-12

%

YTD-11

%

% Change

Ford (1) [2]

87

100

-13 00

2,879

40 40

1,381

24 95

108 47

FIAT (2) [3]

70

75

-6 67

1,416

19 87

1,171

21 16

20 92

MERCEDES (3) [1]

137

185

-25 95

1,367

19 18

1,458

26 35

-6 24

IVECO (4) [4]

50

53

-5 66

444

6 23

567

10 25

-21 69

PEUGEOT (5) [5]

9

21

-57 14

359

5 04

354

6 40

1 41

VOLKSWAGEN (6) [6]

24

17

41 18

251

3 52

221

3 99

13 57

RENAULT (7) [8]

9

38

-76 32

215

3 02

113

2 04

90 27

OTHER IMPORTS (8) [7]

5

4

25 00

83

1 16

140

2 53

-40 71

VAUXHALL (9) [9]

2

3

-33 33

73

1 02

51

0 92

43 14

ISUZU TRUCKS (10) [10]

2

4

-50 00

21

0 29

40

0 72

-47 50

RENAULT TRUCKS (11) [12)

1

4

-75 00

8

0 11

5

0 09

60 00

NISSAN (12) [13]

1

0

0.00

6

0 08

11

0 20

-45 45

CITROEN (13) [11]

0

2

-100 00

4

0 06

18

0 33

-77 78

 

About Jason Hodge (1361 Articles)
Editor of Commercial Vehicle Dealer Magazine, Jason has worked in the commercial vehicle industry since leaving university over 20 years ago.