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December truck registrations through the roof

  • 07 January 2014
  • By Chris Druce

The CV market enjoyed a stellar December, with year-on-year sales up 237% and 10,715 trucks of six tonnes and above registered during the month, according to the SMMT.

The market was driven by Daf, which had a market share of just less than a third during the month and registered 3,493 trucks at six tonnes and above, a 411% increase on its December 2012 performance.

Daf Trucks MD Ray Ashworth told CM last month he believed December’s registrations could reach 6,000 due to a spike caused by the derogation of Euro-5 vehicles, a figure in the end significantly surpassed.

In terms of units registered, Mercedes-Benz was next in line with 1,967 trucks at six tonnes and above during December, a 196% increase year-on-year for the manufacturer.

However their was plenty of seasonal cheer for the major heavy truck manufacturers, with Scania, Volvo, MAN, Renault and Iveco all posting triple-digit percentage increases for the month compared with December 2012.

In regards year-to-date registrations there was quite a contrast to be found amongst the major manufacturers despite all posting growth, with Renault bottom of the pile having increased registrations by 5% to 2,534 in 2013 (2012: 2,555 registrations), while market leader Daf saw a 28% increase to 14,046 registrations ( 2012’s 11,153).

2013 truck registrations up by more than a quarter

Registrations of all trucks at 6-tonnes and over for 2013 were up 28% year-on-year to 49,430 (2012: 38,576), representing 10,854 more registrations than in 2012.

Articulated vehicles had a particular strong 2013, with 22,567 artics registered representing a 32% increase on 2012’s 17,097. Rigids over 6-tonne saw 2013 registrations increase 25% to 26,863 (2012: 21,479).

For 2013, total commercial vehicle registrations grew 14.7% to 327,291 units. Van registrations rose 13.1% over the year to 271,073 units, boosted by 32.5% growth in December.

Mike Hawes, SMMT chief executive, said: “The 2013 commercial vehicle market rose 14.7%, making it the best performance in the last five years.

“Boosted by a strong second half to the year, the truck market rose to pass 56,000 units [including trucks under 6-tonnes], while van owners and operators responded positively to the wider economic recovery finishing the year more than 13% up on 2012.

“The introduction of new Euro 6 trucks will be of key interest to the heavy end of the market in 2014, while we expect the forthcoming launches of several new light commercial vans to deliver further growth in this important sector.”


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