Big increase in sales of new trucks

Big increase in sales of new trucks

New commercial vehicle registrations accelerated ahead in November, with DAF Trucks leading the way.

The latest figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) show a total of 3,812 units above six tonnes were sold during the month, up 75% on 2,210 in the same month last year.

Some 39,793 new trucks above six tonnes were sold in the 11 months to the end of November, up 22.3% on 32,530 in the same period in 2014.

Mike Hawes, SMMT chief executive, says the commercial vehicle sector has made phenomenal progress in recent years as a result of increasingly confident businesses investing large sums in their fleets.

But he claims the sharp upturn in truck registrations is no surprise, given the heavy fall seen in the same month last year.

DAF Trucks registered 987 units during November to claim a 24.75% market share and cement its dominance, followed by Mercedes in second, with 750 units and a 19.7% share, and Scania in third, with 573 units and a 15% share.

MAN improved on 147 units registered and 6.6% market share in November 2014 to 359 units registered and an 8.7% market share in November this year. Iveco also performed well, turning 77 units registered and a 3.5% share into 333 units registered and an 8.7% share.

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