Online sales boom offering benefit to commercial sector

The unprecedented increase of online shopping has helped to drive van sales to an all new high; that’s the message coming from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.

According to the society, a spike in home deliveries has resulted in more than 100,000 vans being registered in the first three months of this year – showing a healthy 22.3 per cent increase compared to the same period in 2014. A total of 108,456 vans were registered in the first quarter, marking the highest level of vans and lorries sold since the trade body was established back in 1987.

Online sales in the UK reached £103bn last year and with so many people needing their products delivered to their doors, it’s led to a pressing need for van drivers and commercial vehicles.

Ford accounts for one-in-five Van sales

When looking at the figures from a manufacturing perspective, new vans from Ford certainly proved popular, with more than one in five vans registered donning the famous blue oval. The Transit Custom, the mid-sized version of the Transit, was the most favourable, with 12,627 sales during the period. The conventional Ford Transit accounted for 5,276 units to become the sixth most popular model. The Transit Connect took eighth place, with 4,096 sales.

It is fantastic news for the industry and with the level of online shopping expected to continue growing throughout the year, it’s likely that the need for van drivers will also steadily rise as a result.

If you are looking for a new commercial vehicle you can rely on in your line of work, why not head along to our approved Ford dealer in Andover and find out about the range of Ford vehicles we can provide?

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