Figures for June 2021 show the light commercial vehicle (LCV) market continues to grow with sales up 14.5% on the same month last year although it was tempered after a bumper recovery compared to April and May. There were 34,363 vans registered in June according to the latest figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).
June 2021 in perspective
Of course, June 2020 figures were impacted by COVID so if we compare this to the 2019 June figures the market was down down -13.9% representing a shortfall of some 5,566 units. As far as the LCV sectors are concerned, large vans are up 21.2% but the small and medium van sectors were down 18.7% and 4.3% respectively. Pickups and commercial 4×4’s continue to grow at 5.9% and 185.4% respectively.
2021 Year To Date
The strong growth compared to 2020 is considerable with an uplift by 75.9% on last year, and even more encouragingly up 1.8% on the pre-pandemic 2015-2019 five-year average. In total 191,513 new vans were registered resulting in 2021 been currently the third best year for van uptake since records began. Demand for vans was particularly bolstered by operators looking to renew and expand their fleets to meet rising online delivery business and demand from the construction sector.
Demand for larger 2.5-3.5 tonne vans drove the increase in June, comprising the majority (71%) of all registrations in the month, some 24,434 vans. Other van segments saw drops in demand compared to 2020, with registrations of lighter vans weighing less than or equal to 2.0 tonnes down -18.7% and those of vans weighing more than 2.0-2.5 tonnes down -4.3%.
The Best Sellers List
Perhaps the biggest news for the June 2021 figures is the Vauxhall Vivaro beating the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter into fourth place ; Ford continues to dominate taking three of the top six spots and the top two places, although the Transit Connect was in the top ten.
Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said, “It’s good to see the van market continue to perform well, with pent up demand, online retail and the construction sectors all on the rise. Semi-conductor supply issues have extended lead times, but business confidence is growing and fleets are embarking on decarbonisation programmes. Full market transition, however, still depends on the creation of nationwide charging infrastructure to support society and maintain commercial vehicle momentum.”