UK van sales increase in April

UK van drivers have propelled sales of light commercial vehicles (LCVs) upwards during April 2010, according to new figures.

New Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) figures show that 14,891 new vans were registered in the last month, an increase of 6.7 per cent compared to the corresponding period last year.

This means that 70,106 LCVs have been sold across the UK since beginning of the year, outpacing the sales rates seen in early 2009 by 11.9 per cent.

Paul Everitt, chief executive at the SMMT, stated that the incoming government should look to make it easier for fleet operators to invest in new vehicles.

He said: “The priority must be sustaining and strengthening the economic recovery with particular focus on encouraging the availability of more and better priced finance.”

Manufacturer Citroen was among the makers of LCVs to benefit from this increased van demand, with the company revealing this week that Citroen vehicles accounted for nine per cent of all van sales last month.

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