UK light commercial vehicle (LCVs) registrations fell by 5.8% in June to 35,182 units, according to figures released today by the SMMT.
Small, medium and large sized vans all saw demand fall in the month, down -18.2%, -7.3% and -6.4% respectively.
Pick-ups were the only growth sector with a 4.1% boost to to 5,019 units in June.
Year-to-date, 180,696 new LCVs have been registered, a drop of -2.3% on the first half of 2017, with the bulk of the decline in the market for vans weighing more than 2.5-3.5 tonnes.
However, the SMMT said demand is still at a high level, with registrations up more than a third (35.7%) on the same period five years ago.
Mike Hawes, SMMT chief executive, said: “UK van registrations have fluctuated throughout the first half of this year, reflecting variable buying cycles which are a natural feature of the market.
“Despite this and recognising the fact that demand is still at a historically high level, the overall trend is downwards, with Brexit uncertainty and its negative effect on business confidence threatening long-term growth.”
Best sellers LCV <3.5 tonnes first six months of 2018
- Ford Transit Custom 27,734
- Ford Transit 16,710
- Volkswagen Transporter 11,822
- Ford Transit Connect 9,666
- Peugeot Partner 9,208
- Ford Ranger 7,930
- Citroen Berlingo 7,928
- Vauxhall Vivaro 7,665
- Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 7,485
- Peugeot Boxer 6,151