Commercial vehicles sales totals on the bounce


Much will depend on the appetite of commercial vehicle buyers this month but the total number of sales appears on track to break through the 30,000 barrier for the calendar year.

Commercial vehicles sales totals on the bounce
For the year to the end of November, the figure was 28,023 on sales of 3,045 for the month, according to the Truck Industry Council's (TIC) T-Mark Report figures.

If the trend is borne out, it will be the first time sales have topped that level since 2008, when 36,620 were sold.

For the year to the end of November, the figure was 28,023 on sales of 3,045 for the month, according to the Truck Industry Council's (TIC) T-Mark Report  figures.

Even if October's sales of 2,766 were replicated, it would still top the 30,000 mark and make for generally good news for long-suffering truck and van makers.

The passed milestones continued in the heavy-duty segment, the 10,000 vehicle level has already been breached for the first time in four years and looks set to come very close the 2008 figure of 11,766 if November's 1,200 are repeated.

However, the doldrums continues at medium-duty level, where numbers look unlikely to go back above the 7,000 point, let alone sweep towards five figures as they did in 2008.

The light-duty segment continues to bounce around. This year, it should go above 9,000 sales after a dismal previous year of 6,273 but sales have been volatile recently.

Meanwhile, the van sector, while a little healthier than last year, appears unlikely to drag itself over the 4,000 vehicle mark.

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