UK truck registrations lagged behind European rivals in first quarter of 2017


Registrations of new heavy commercial vehicles in the UK in the first quarter of 2017 have struggled to match growth figures in other major European economies, according to the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA).

As the industry awaits a more detailed look at new registrations in the first quarter of 2017 from the SMMT – figures are expected this month – data published by the ACEA shows that registrations of vehicles above 16-tonne GVW in the UK grew by just 0.6% compared to the same quarter in 2016.

However, new registrations of medium and heavy commercial vehicles in the UK above 3.5-tonne GVW grew 5% year-on-year.

The ACEA said that in its heavy commercial vehicles classification 8,322 new trucks were registered in Q1 2017 in the UK, compared to 8,270 in Q1 2016.

In comparison Germany saw a 4.9% rise in new heavy commercial vehicle registrations to 16,826, while France grew 5.7% to 10,672.

However, the UK was more robust in the ACEA’s medium and heavy commercial vehicles above 3.5tonne GVW classification: Q1 registrations grew 5% to 11,730. Germany grew 3.4% in the quarter to 22,986 while France grew 5.9% to 12,399.

The AECA said: “From January to March 2017, 91,665 new trucks were registered in the European Union, 4.7% more than last year… the five big markets posted growth, jointly sustaining positive momentum across the whole region.”

Of more concern to the domestic market would be estimated figures produced by the ACEA for registrations in March in the UK – traditionally a strong month for new vehicle sales.

It estimated heavy commercial vehicles fell 11.7% to 3,749 (compared to 4,246 in March 2016) while medium and heavy commercial vehicles fell 6.4%.

The SMMT no longer reports month-by-month new truck registration data.

MAN introduces used truck smartphone app

MAN TopUsed


MAN has launched a smartphone app designed to make buying trucks from its TopUsed programme easier.

People using the app can refine their search selection according to model and body type and can choose the quality of vehicle they are searching for. They can then tap either the telephone or the e-mail icon and will be put in contact with a member of the sales team responsible for the vehicle.

Matt Squires, head of MAN TopUsed, said: “The new app is easy to use and quickly identifies MAN TopUsed vehicles suitable for the customer’s requirements in and around their area.

“This is the first time MAN TopUsed vehicles have been marketed in this way and I am sure that as well as expanding the MAN TopUsed market to more customers, it will streamline the whole search process.

“Customers are being given simple choices from the outset and it helps them narrow down their options before contacting the sales team.”