Car sales performance may be flat but van sales are showing that businesses are investing in new vehicles to handle extra home deliveries and local transport.
The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter has outperformed the entire UK motor vehicle market in terms of registrations in April 2020, according to figures published today by the SMMT.
This is the first time a van has outsold the most popular passenger car in a single month since June 1990, when the Transit had higher registrations than the Escort.
With 814 units registered, Sprinter had a 24% share of the LCV market in April, more than doubling the sales of the next highest selling van
Steve Bridge, Managing Director, Mercedes-Benz Vans UK Ltd, said: “Last month, we had a record high market share of 35%; for us, this has always been about business as usual, as safely as we can, working alongside the van community to keep them moving when they needed us the most.
“An incredible 97% of Vans Dealer groups remained open for key workers and industries in April, and all but four Dealers registered vans in the month when most of our competitors were shut – a remarkable achievement.
“In terms of the hard-working workshops across the Network, labour hours have been record-breaking for every month this year, topping the previous year without fail, which has meant we have been able to ensure our customers remain on the road and doing the important jobs that keep the country moving.”