The number of new vans sold here in the UK in September 2021 dropped considerably when compared with the same month last year according to figures published by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

In September of this year the number of new vans sold in the up to 3.5 tonnes category amounted to 31,535. In the same month in 2020 the number sold amounted to 52,096. That is a huge drop of 39.5%. One of the reasons for this drop was apparently due to the shortage of semiconductors.

Looking at the figures in more detail, the number of new pickups sold in September 2021 amounted to 4,478 with this being a drop of 48.3% when compared with September 2020 when 8,668 were sold. The number of new 4 x 4s sold in September 2021 amounted to 455 compared to 213 in the same month last year – a rise of 113.6%. The number of new vans sold in the up to 2 tonnes category last month amounted to 1,294 compared to 2,852 in September 2020 – a drop of 54.6%. The number of new vans sold in the 2.0 to 2.5 tonnes category in September 2021 amounted to 2,661 compared to 8,897 in September last year – a fall of 70.1%. The number of new vans sold in the 2.5 to 3.5 tonnes category last month amounted to 22,647 compared to 31,466 in September 2020 – a drop of 28.0%.

On a year to date basis to September 2021, the number of new vans sold in the up to 3.5 tonnes category amounted to 267,236 compared to 208,080 for the same period last year – a rise of 28.4%.

The top 5 selling vans up to 3.5 tonnes in September 2021 were: –

1. Ford Transit Custom 5,366
2. Ford Transit 3,335
3. Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 2,626
4. Toyota Hilux 1,790
5. Ford Ranger 1,740

Let us hope that we see a turnaround in fortunes for the sale of new vans here in the UK in the coming months.