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News and information from and about the LCV industry in the UK and around the world. Industry articles available at The Van Expert.

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LCV market falls again in July

New LCV registrations fell by 6% for the second month in succession, according to the latest numbers published today by the SMMT.
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UK van market slides back in June

UK van registrations fell 5.8% in June, more than reversing a 2% rise in May in what remains a volatile market.
Ford Transit Custom June 2018

LCV registrations remain stable in May

Demand for new LCVs remained stable in May, with new registrations up just over 2%, and year-to-date registrations down just under 1%.
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Government consults on emissions-based van tax

Van operators could be pressured to update to cleaner models by changes to road tax. The Government has launched a two-month consultation into Vehicle Excise...
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A positive month for LCV registrations as volatile year continues

The April new LCV registration figures have been published, and it was a solid month for every category except pick-up trucks.
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Conversion rate is high at CV Show 2018

Several LCV manufacturers are showing off their latest conversion offerings at the 2018 CV Show, which starts today at the NEC in Birmingham.
Enterprise hands over van to Rural Surrey Transport

Community operator replaces owned minibuses with long-term rentals

Community transport operator East Surrey Rural Transport Partnership has replaced 34 of its fleet of minibuses with long-term rental vehicles.

Van market reverses gear in March

Sales of new vans slid back almost 6% in March, emphasising the current volatile nature of the market after rising in February.
Keyless theft is on the increase

Keyless van thefts on the rise

Last year, 82% of stolen light commercial vehicles (LCVs) were taken without the owners’ keys -  nearly double the number from 2016.
Ben and Mercedes-Benz have been research van driver mental health

Warning of skills shortage in commercial vehicle sector

Almost 1 in 5 van operators are so concerned about skills shortages, they fear it could prevent their business operating in the next 12 months.

LCV sales grow 6% in February

The British new LCV market reversed its slide in February, bringing some brighter news to an industry that has seen declines in both cars and LCVs over the last year.

Van drivers increasingly pessimistic about future growth

Van drivers are currently less optimistic about future business growth – but the majority of companies still say they plan to purchase new vans.
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Electric vans becoming a viable business option

A lack of charging points is reported to be the biggest deterrent for companies to opt for electric vans – but there is support available to help.

Van sales continue slide in January

The UK new van market continued to decline in January, down 4.2% on the same month in 2017 and following the first annual slide in five years in 2017.

LCV market in review 2017

After years of growth, the markets for both new cars and vans slowed down in 2017. The shortfalls were not unexpected as demand began to cool off early in the year.

First LCV sales slide in five years ‘expected’

Annual sales of new vans in the UK fell for the first time in five years in 2017, though industry bodies argue that demand remains at a high level.
Government launches consultation for A-road funding

Government launches consultation for A-road funding

The government has launched a consultation on which A-roads across England should be upgraded in a multi-million pound investment programme.
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Slump in van sales ‘worrying’ says SMMT head

Registrations of new light commercial vehicles in the UK slumped by more than 11% in November, a slide that industry chiefs dubbed "worrying." A total...
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Sliding business confidence hits LCV sales

Registrations of new vans slumped again in October, as industry leaders blamed economic and political uncertainty for a drop in business confidence. According to figures...
Ford Ranger pops into the top ten best sellers, LCV market September 2017

New LCV sales fall 4% in September

The new LCV market continued a year-long trend of slight decline in the busy month of September, with an overall 4% fall in new registrations.

New LCV sales remain stable in August

New LCV registrations saw modest growth of 1.5% in August, compared to the same month last year, according to the latest data released today by the SMMT.
Ford Transit Custon, July's biggest-selling LCV

July sees new LCV market stabilise

The latest figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) show that registrations of new LCVs grew by 1.1% in July.
Ford Transit Custom was most popular LCV in June

Registrations of new LCVs pick up in June

Official figures released today show that LCV registrations rose by just under 2% in June, the first increase since January.

Deutsche Post and Ford to build new electric van

German logistics group Deutsche Post DHL and Ford have partnered to manufacture a battery-electric delivery van based on the Ford Transit.
Ford Transit Custom remains most popular LCV

Pick-up demand cannot combat LCV market downturn

Sales of new light commercial vehicles fell by more than 5% in May, despite a strong showing from the pick-up truck segment. All other LCV categories fell.