Britain’s van sales market climbed strongly again in February, some 13,832 new vehicles registered in the month.

The figure, almost 18 per cent better than in February 2014, represents the 10th consecutive month of growth in the market.

With truck sales also surging, up by more than 31 per cent, the CV market as a whole posted an impressive 19.5 per cent plus figure.

In the past 12 months the van market has seen growth of almost 18.9 per cent, though the truck sector still has some way to go, rolling year figures still running at almost 22 per cent down despite a clear recovery in 2015.

Mike Hawes, Chief Executive of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) that compiles the figures, says that the van market continues to expand as improving confidence among SMEs and consumers takes effect.

“The growing demand for both vans and trucks has delivered a month of impressive performance for the total commercial vehicle sector once again,” Hawes adds.

Ford maintains its lead of the van market, holding almost 27 per cent of the sector since the start of 2015. Peugeot is in second place with 13.1 per cent, followed by Volkswagen (11.8), Vauxhall (11.5) and Citroën (9.1).