December 18, 2018

Mercedes-Benz enjoy record UK van sales

In the first full year since Mercedes-Benz Vans UK Ltd became a legal entity, the brand have enjoyed a record-breaking eighth consecutive year of growth. Representing a 12% increase in total registrations, 41,404 vehicles were sold in 2017 – the first time that Mercedes-Benz has broken through the 40,000 van sales barrier in the UK.

Last year saw best ever sales numbers posted in all quarters, with standout results in March, May, June, and September; during the latter month, Mercedes-Benz Vans in the UK sold more vehicles than the domestic market of Germany, and any other market area in the world.

The vehicles themselves also reached record levels of sales, including the best ever year for Vito (up 25% from 2016), Sprinter van (up 3%), Vito Sport (up 49%) and Vito Taxi, which more than doubled the previous record from 2013.

New Mercedes-Benz Vans Dealer sites opened in Exeter, Ipswich and Nottingham this year, while Mercedes-Benz Financial Services (MBFS) funded more vans than ever before with a record £356m lent in 2017; an increase of 19.5% over 2016.

More than 10,500 used and Approved Used vehicles were sold via the Mercedes-Benz Vans Dealer Network. In addition to this, the Mercedes-Benz Vans UK ‘Give Back Programme’, believed to be a first in the industry, donated more than £20,000 of fundraised money to good causes and, perhaps more importantly, colleagues at Head Office gave more than 700 hours of their time to volunteer and make a difference to local and national charities.

Steve Bridge, managing director, Mercedes-Benz Vans UK Ltd, said: “What a year it has been for our Brand; we launched an online reservation fee website due to unprecedented demand for X-Class, we welcomed nearly 3,000 visitors to VanExperience Live, we launched our first UK Brand TV advert, we introduced MercedesPRO to our customers, we saw over 100,000 vans through our nationwide Dealer Network, and we continued to grow in a declining market.

“The list of achievements is quite incredible for 2017, but what it really means is that our customers have put their faith in us to help keep their businesses moving and that is key for us.

“This year will continue to be an exciting one with the launch of new Sprinter and working towards the launch of our electric vehicle range starting with eVito, as well as continued focus on MercedesPRO and providing our customers with the best solutions to keep their businesses moving. Once again I continue to be impressed by the hard work, dedication and commitment of our team of over 4,000 dedicated people and I am thankful to all of our customers for their continued trust in our products, services and people.”