Dramatic drop in registrations of new LCVs in April

All segments decline except pickups


Figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) show that registrations of new LCVs plummeted 18.8% down to 22,625 units in April.

The new data adds to an overall picture of decline for 2017. February and March saw registrations dip 4.3% and 0.9% respectively. Year-to-date registrations are down 4.9% compared to 2016.

April 2017’s results contrast strongly with the figures from April 2016 which was a third consecutive month of growth, up 11.8%.

Table of new LCV registrations in April 2017 (The Van Expert)
Overall, registrations of new LCVs fell 18.8% in April.

Last month, demand for vans under 2.0 tonnes was down 37.5% and for vans weighing 2.5-3.5 tonnes it was down 23.1%. In the 2.0-2.5-tonne van segment, demand dipped 0.2%.

The only segment to see an increase in sales was pickups, rising 4.5%, and continuing an upward trend. To date in 2017, sales of pickups have risen 17.6% compared to last year.

Acknowledging the decline in registrations of new LCVs, Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said: “so long as business confidence among operators can be maintained, the SMMT expects to see the market remain at what is a historically high level over the course of the year.”

SMMT table of LCV best-sellers to date 2017 (The Van Expert)
Ford’s Transit Custom continues to remain popular.
Katharine Morgan
Katharine Morgan
Katharine graduated from university with a degree in Classics. She is a former contributor to both The Car Expert and The Van Expert.

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