As with the Australian market, the UK experienced growth in sales of light commercial vehicles in 2016, setting a new record for sales in the segment.

The new mark of 375,687 sales was a one per cent increase on the previous year’s record. Ford dominated the segment, selling 115,554 light commercials or 30.76 per cent of the market.

Volkswagen and Vauxhall followed with over 40,000 units registered and a market share of over 11 per cent each.

Sue Robinson, Director of the National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA) which represents franchised car and commercial vehicle retailers across the UK, said large vans between 2.5-3.5 tonnes, primarily acquired by businesses and corporate fleets, drove the market, accounting for 62 per cent of all LCV registrations.

“Sales of ‘pickups’ have increased significantly (+17.6%) in 2016 and December’s figures confirmed this positive trend (+52%),” she said.

“These vehicles are often used in the building trade by both fleets and self-employed builders, and these strong figures may reflect the growing confidence in the UK construction industry.”

The NFDA is hoping for a stable market in 2017.

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