March 25, 2019

Record-breaking start to the year for van sales

Commercial vehicle manufacturers are celebrating another record-breaking start to the year, with increases in registrations compared to the same period in 2016.

Mercedes-Benz Vans UK Ltd recorded an 18% increase in vehicle registrations (8,813 vans) during the first quarter.

This success is also matched by the brands’ best ever March registrations (6,182 vehicles), marking a 12% increase on last year. Mercedes-Benz Vans says this is its second biggest registration month ever in the UK.

Registrations for the brand overall have grown by 14.5%, with Vito volume increasing by a sizeable 44% during the first three months of this year. Meanwhile, Citan has grown by 7% in the small van market, which has decreased by 13% so far this year.

Steve Bridge, managing director, Mercedes-Benz Vans UK Ltd, said: “I always say that as a brand, we have the right products, people and processes to keep our customers’ businesses moving, so to have these outstanding figures across the board so far this year, proves that to be the case.

“Of course, behind all of these astonishing numbers is a fantastic team at head office and across our nationwide Dealer network, so I’d once again like to thank all the hard working women and men across our brand for the contribution they make not only to our business, but to our customers’ businesses too.”

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles also recorded a best-ever growth of 8%, delivering 121,800 vehicles to customers worldwide in the first three months of the year. In addition, the 53,600 units delivered in March are a new monthly record.

Bram Schot, member of the board of management of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles for sales and marketing, said “The excellent result makes us proud and is at the same time an incentive to continue offering our customers the best transport solutions.” Schot highlighted in particular the high demand for the new Crafter, which has been in showrooms since 10 March in many European markets: “The van is being extremely well received in the markets.”

In Germany, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles delivered 31,100 units in the first quarter, 10.6 per cent more vehicles than in the same period of the previous year. In March alone, 13,300 vehicles were delivered to German customers (+26.3 per cent). Deliveries from January to March were outstanding in all European volume markets too: France +24.0 per cent to 5,700 vehicles, Spain +18.6 per cent to 3,700 vehicles, the UK +11.9 per cent to 13,300 vehicles and Italy +8.1 per cent to 3,100 vehicles.

Meanwhile, Fiat Professional’s growing popularity is illustrated with a substantial 44.2% rise in registrations in March 2017.

Figures show that sales of all Fiat Professional models improved compared to March 2016, but the star of the quarter was the Fiorino, with sales up 81.8 %.

Fiat Doblo sales have also increased by 49.9%, while Fiat Ducato registrations are up 14.0% for the quarter.

“The sales performance figures are fantastic news, across the whole range,” says Alejandro Noriega, head of brand, Fiat Professional UK. “It is clear that, in addition to fleet sales, more tradesmen and small businesses are choosing our vehicles, as we continue to bring exciting new models to the UK. That way we can continue to improve and increase our market share.”