Van Registrations up 11.5% in March

Vanmakers, including Ford at the Commercial Vehicle Show at the NEC in Birmingham are hoping that the UK boost in van sales is pointing to the beginnings of a recovery in the wider economy.
 
Light commercial registrations rose 11.5% to 43,683 units in March and are up 11.7% in Q1, according to SMMT figures, and contributed to an overall commercial vehicles registrations sales rise of 8.1 per cent.
 
In Birmingham, Barb Samardzich, Ford vice president of product development and Phil Hollins, fleet director for Ford of Britain were hopeful the economy would recover
 
“If we look at some of the signs right now, maybe we’re at the trough. Perhaps we can now move on to recovery here in Europe from there.
 
“Commercial vehicles lead into the trough and they lead out of the trough. They really are the key economic indicator,” said Samardzich.
 
Ford used The Commercial Vehicle Show for the world debut of the Transit Courier, the new entry point into the four-strong Transit range along with the new Transit Connect, a high roof option for the Transit Custom and a two-tonne Transit which will arrive in spring 2014.
 
Ford sold 70,000 commercial vehicles in the UK last year and has a plan to double Transit sales globally to 400,000 by 2016.