The light commercial vehicle market was up by 85% in March, against March 2020, though that remains a 20-year low for the market. Indeed, van sales remain around 10% down on the pre-Covid five-year average, according to the SMMT. All segments of the market saw increased demand, though larger vans between 2.5-3.5 tonnes made up the majority of the month’s figures, with registrations rising by 101%.
“Although a marked improvement on last year’s March numbers, these figures illustrate the impact Covid has had on the sector and how far away the van market is from the growth it was enjoying before the pandemic hit,” said Mike Hawes, SMMT chief executive.
“However, as the country emerges from the lockdown, vaccinations continue to roll-out and non-essential businesses reopen, the added confidence will hopefully help shift the gears from recovery to growth for the van market.”