UK LCV sector

UK LCV sector secures 6 months consecutive growth

Figures published by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) have highlighted a sixth consecutive month of growth in the UK’s light commercial vehicle (LCV) sector.

According to the body, LCV registrations increased by 13.5 per cent in June in comparison to the same time last year.


Sustained growth in consumer appetite


The excellent results witnessed in the first half of 2019 mean the period of January to June saw almost 200,000 registrations take place – an increase of 8.7 per cent against H1 2018.

Responding to the figures, SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes said: “With many LCVs playing a crucial role in urban areas, getting more of the latest, cleanest and most fuel efficient models onto our roads is essential to help improve air quality – so it’s good news to see the UK van market performing so well.”

That said, Mr Hawes warned that continued good fortunes for the sector will be reliant on a range of factors not necessarily in the industry’s control.

This includes securing a rise in business confidence in the months ahead, as well as an end to the uncertainty that has been caused by Brexit.

Jenny Smith, general manager for Tele-Gence, commented: “LCVs are the lifeblood of businesses up and down the country, so it’s great to see businesses continue to invest in these versatile vehicles, even when the future for many companies is not entirely certain.”

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SEAT secures best ever half-year for UK sales

SEAT secures best ever half-year for UK sales

Spanish carmaker SEAT continues to gain popularity among the UK buying public, with the company reporting its best ever first six months of a year in 2019.

The firm has recorded a rise in sales of 8.4 per cent in the year to date in comparison to the same period of 2018.


A record-breaking result for SEAT

A total of 314,300 SEAT models have been purchased by UK buyers during the first six months of the year.

This represents the largest ever half-year result for the business and sees SEAT exceed the 300,000 six-month sales mark for the very first time.

Indeed, June saw the brand achieve a ten per cent annual rise in sales, delivering the marque’s best June performance on record.

CUPRA CEO and SEAT vice-president for sales and marketing Wayne Griffith commented: “We are growing faster than our initial expectations, and this is despite the difficult environment we are in, where registrations in most European countries are either decreasing or stagnating. This favourable evolution is enabling us to gain market share and relevance.”

Overall, the company witnessed a positive shift in its market share on the back of this fine performance, rising from 2.73 per cent in H1 2018 to 2.98 per cent in H1 this year.

Ellie Baker, brand manager at Fuel Card Services, comments: “SEAT continue to gain ground on their competition, and with a good few months to come could see themselves securing a record-breaking year.”

Urban Transport

BVRLA backs ‘flexible’ urban transport solutions

The British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA) believes the government should support the rollout of more ‘flexible’ transport options in urban areas.

BVRLA has published a new report, in partnership with Cars in the City, highlighting the need for new options in personal transport besides car ownership by every individual.

Examining new options for transport

BVRLA chief executive Gerry Keaney argued: “Our towns and cities need a more intelligent, sustainable use of the car. Promoting the use of car rental, car clubs and other flexible types of car use can make that happen.”

The report suggested the rollout of new, intelligent parking systems could help to better manage levels of congestion in the future. It also called for greater clarity in government funding for local authorities to future-proof their transport systems for the long term.

It went on to claim the promotion of systems including car sharing, increased use of public transport options and the implementation of credits for vehicle use in Clean Air Zones could all further help to reduce the number of cars on urban roads.

Jenny Smith, general manager for Tele-Gence, commented: “Supporting innovative ways to keep our urban spaces moving and to improve the environment for all should be a government priority and policymakers should take on any suggestions as to how to achieve this.”

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Sprinter takes top honours at the Motor Transport Awards

Sprinter shines at the Motor Transport Awards

Mercedes-Benz Vans has celebrated the success of its Sprinter model at this year’s Motor Transport Awards.

The model picked up the unprecedented honour of being named the winning Fleet Van of the Year for the tenth time.

Ten years of success for the Sprinter

Simon Neill, sales director at Mercedes-Benz Vans, commented: “This is a wonderful result and a great reflection of the hard work and commitment that as a team we are all putting in to ensure we keep our customers moving.”

Motor Transport editor Steve Hobson added the judges highlighted the strength of the Sprinter in holding its value as one of the key factors in their decision.

It was also praised for its leading use of technology, low maintenance costs and excellent reliability.

“From the enormous breadth of the range to the unwavering development and support from the manufacturer, the Sprinter and its backup define what an operator needs from a van,” he concluded.

Overall, the Sprinter continues to demonstrate a broad and strong appeal to UK fleet operators. Indeed, it was first named Fleet Van of the Year all the way back in 2003.

Ellie Baker, brand manager at Fuel Card Services, comments: “To be awarded such a prestigious honour ten times in total is no mean feat, and the Sprinter truly stands out as a van beloved by the people.”

FORS workshop: Managing driver fitness and health

FORS Fuel Expert is proud to be working with the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) to sponsor the upcoming workshop “Managing driver fitness and health“.

Taking place in Croydon on 10 July 2019, the workshop will run from 09:00 to 12:45. The workshop is open to FORS members only. Lunch will be provided to delegates attending both the morning and afternoon workshops.

What’s on offer?

This workshop covers the importance of managing driver fitness, health and eyesight to help meet Bronze requirement D6 Health and eyesight. You will also learn how to identify the signs of impairment, understand the factors that affect driver fitness and develop the relevant procedures to manage them.

Get in contact with our Major Accounts Manager and FORS practitioner Rachel Pearson. Find out how FORS-registered members can save up to 10p per litre on diesel with a discounted fuel card.


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