Van sales increase in January

Ford Transit van on the roadside
2017 is off to a good start for van sales with the amount of new registrations increasing by 1.24 per cent compared to the same period in 2016.

In total, 21,363 vans were registered last month whereas January 2016 was slightly lower with 21,102 new vans on the road.

Ford was the bestselling manufacturer, shifting 7,709 models and making up 36.09 per cent of all <3.5t vans sold in January – more than three times the amount of Volkswagen, who took second place.

Both held onto their positions from last year but while Ford saw a 22.44 per cent rise in the amount of new vans sold, Volkswagen took an 8.44 per cent drop, from 2,548 to 2,333.

Runners up mix it up

Citroën, Vauxhall and Peugeot continue to fill the third, fourth and fifth bestselling manufacturer spots but have had a reshuffle over the past year.

In January 2016 Vauxhall was the third bestselling with 2,298 units sold, Peugeot the fourth with 1,920, and Citroën followed closely behind as the fifth bestselling manufacturer with 1,910 new vans sold.

But January 2017 saw Citroen jump into third position after increasing sales by 8.43 per cent to 2,071, while Vauxhall and Peugeot dropped to 2,003 and 1,720 vehicles sold respectively.

Winners and losers of the month

Those to lose out include Iveco, who saw 46.37 per cent less sales, Isuzu whose sales dipped by 22.19 per cent, and Toyota who dropped from 718 to 620 new vans sold.

But for Nissan it was a different story as the Japanese manufacturer experienced a 46.76 per cent rise in new van sales, from 817 units sold in January 2016 to 1,199 in January 2017.

And Mitsubishi also had a good month with 711 new vans being registered, 33.15 per cent more than the same period last year.

Bestselling models

Ford was not only the bestselling van manufacturer of the month but also saw its iconic Transit van models take the three bestselling model spots.

The Ford Transit Custom came out on top with 3,076 sold during January, making up 14.4% of all new van sales that month.

The standard Ford Transit was the second most popular with 1,790 sold and 1,288 Ford Transit Connects were shifted in the first month of this year.

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