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The light commercial vehicle (LCV) sector continues to navigate a period of instability, remaining sensitive to economic changes.
Autumn is now fully with us and although several dealers have experienced a slow-down in recent weeks, typical for the time of year, the market remains remarkably resilient.
This month, the Van’s Headlights considers the Mitsubishi Shogun Barbarian.
Traditionally, at this point of the year, the motorcaravan industry would focus on the new season ahead, with dealers and manufacturers preparing for the annual October show at the Birmingham NEC.
Market bounces back following lockdown
Due to the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, demand, pricing and stock scarcity in the holiday home market have intensified.
Significant year on year increases in motorcycle registrations in July and August are boosting the motorcycle market following the national lockdown.
Since motorcycle dealers reopened following lockdown, the market has remained busy with strong sales and enquiries throughout August.
This month, the Van’s Headlights considers the Peugeot Bipper.
Following a strong recovery in June, motorcycle registrations accelerated in July.
With the coronavirus lockdown easing and businesses back to work, it is encouraging to record a 7.1% growth in the new light commercial vehicle market.
This month, the Van’s Headlights considers the Mercedes-Benz Vito.
Registrations in April suffered a substantial decline of 83.5%, due to the UK being in lockdown in the wake of Covid-19. During May, however, the government began the process of easing restrictions, albeit very gradually.
It is satisfying to report how much positive feedback Glass’s editorial team has received in regards to the strength of the market, even prior to the reopening of showrooms on June 1.
Unprecedented circumstances put the 2020 season on hold
This month, the Van’s Headlights analyses the LCV market in detail, investigating vehicles in demand and the volumes sold in May.
With the coronavirus lockdown continuing to affect the new light commercial vehicle market, registrations fell heavily again in May.
Motorcycle registrations in January and February recorded growth over last year, suggesting the possibility of a positive year for 2020.
As a degree of normality starts to return to everyday life, the holiday home market is still waiting for confirmation as to when holiday parks can officially reopen.
Figures released by the National Caravan Council (NCC) for the January 2020 show the moving-annual-total for motorhome registrations was up 5%, at 15,362 units.
Figures released by the National Caravan Council (NCC) show the January 2020 moving-annual-total for holiday homes production was down 4.7%, at 20,791 units.
As the UK exits the European Union, a new threat to economic stability emerges.
With the whole of the UK in coronavirus lockdown during April, it was no surprise to see new registrations decline dramatically.
In the key plate-change month of March, the UK new light commercial vehicle (LCV) market fell 54.3%.
Our service remains uninterrupted during the coronavirus pandemic.
Chief Commercial Vehicle Editor, Andy Picton, looks at the likely impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on the LCV market
According to the Motorcycle Industry Association (MCIA), February registrations were 2.8% ahead of last year. In view of January and February 2019 also recording growth over the previous year, this is good news.
Enjoying a positive start to the year, January’s new LCV market was up 5.9% on the same point in January 2019.
Figures released by the National Caravan Council (NCC) show the volume of motorcaravans registered between January and September this year was up 4.6% compared to 2018, at 12,988 units.
Figures released by the National Caravan Council (NCC) show the volume of holiday homes produced between January and September this year was down 8.9% compared to 2018, at 15,576 units.
With 2019 drawing to a close, it has been another challenging year for the industry. Is 2020 likely to fair better?
January 2019 started on a positive note, however, as the year progressed significant growth proved difficult for the motorcycle industry.
December’s new LCV market returned to growth following three months of decline growing 7.8% with only the pickup sector failing to grow.
The 26,238 Light Commercial Vehicles (LCV) registered in November represented the third consecutive monthly decline, down 9.6% versus November 2018.
Despite 2019 starting strongly, this year is proving to be a tough one for the motorcycle market. Against
Light Commercial Vehicle (LCV) registrations fell for the second month running, with total registrations falling 11.0% versus October 2018.
September registration totals marked the first decline of 2019 for new Light Commercial Vehicles (LCVs), with total registrations falling 23.5% versus September 2018.
Following a significant downturn in motorcycle registrations in June, July made a modest recovery.
Once again, summer is behind us and whilst variable compared to last year, it provided a fair amount of hot weather, with the UK temperature rising in July, to a new record of 38.7C in Cambridgeshire.
Brexit lingers on. Today in the UK, the staycation holiday continues to grow in popularity, regardless and because of Brexit.
Data released by the National Caravan Council (NCC) shows volumes of motorhomes registered between January and July this year was up 5.1% compared to 2018, at 10,440 units.
August returned the eighth consecutive month of growth for new Light Commercial Vehicles (LCVs) as registrations rose 41% versus August 2018.
July registrations grow following a dismal June and stalling May.
July returned the seventh consecutive month of growth for new Light Commercial Vehicles as registrations rose by 10.95% versus July 2018
After a positive start to 2019, new motorcycle sales declined for the second consecutive month in June.
June returned the sixth consecutive month of growth for new Light Commercial Vehicles as registrations rose by 13.5% versus June 2018
Figures released by the National Caravan Council (NCC), show that holiday home manufacturers produced 8,997 units as of the end of May 2019, which is a decrease of 15.5% compared to last year.
Summer has arrived, but the political backdrop continues to be a distraction to customers with the delay to Brexit, an imminent change of prime minister and the chance of a general election.
Demand for new LCVs increased by 5.4% in May versus May 2018.
Positive news for new and used motorcycle sales, but caution is still advised.
Demand for new LCVs increased by 4.7% in April
How likely is this to affect new and used motorcycle sales?
In the busiest sales month for LCVs, demand for the new 19 plate generated 66,123 registrations, a 10.6% increase versus 2018.
Despite this positive result, dealers reported that demand was not in line with optimistic stock ordering for the 2018 season, with lots of units remaining unsold.
National Caravan Council figures show holiday home production fell 1.1% last year, with 22,367 units produced.
The 2019 season is well underway with key holiday periods approaching fast.
The motorcycle market looks strong, but the true test will be with the analysis of March’s sales in this key plate-change month
Last month, van sales steadied with 14,384 units registered.
Figures released by the National Caravan Council (NCC) show that manufacturers produced 18,986 units between January and October 2018, an increase of 0.5% on the same period in 2017.
Figures released by the National Caravan Council (NCC) show the volume of motorcaravans registered between January and October 2018 were up 3.5% compared to last year.
With 2018 drawing to a close, the best way to describe the year was one of a challenge, with sales failing to live up to expectations. Is 2019 likely to be similar?
Lacklustre registration results mix with used stability in November
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According to figures released by the National Caravan Council (NCC), the cumulative of motorcaravans first registered in June were up 4.2% compared to last year, at 8,552 units.
July 2018 year to date figures released by the National Caravan Council (NCC) show production of 14,208 units, an increase of 4.6% on the same period in 2017.
New motorcycle registrations grow in August whilst the used market remains steady.
It has been a tough year for the touring caravan industry and 2018 has not repeated the same level of success as the last few years.
Sales of new light commercial vehicles increased for the first time since May as 16,394 new vans and pickups hit UK roads for the first time during August.
New truck registrations are down again for the second quarter of 2018.
Following new market growth in June, July results were a little disappointing, whilst used remains buoyant.
Sales of new light commercial vehicles declined -5.9% in July as 23,309 new vans and pickups were registered for the first time.
The HGV Market as a whole is slow at present. Every dealer in the country is searching for the best stock at the best price.
Sales of new light commercial vehicles fell -5.8% in May as 35,182 new light commercial vehicles were registered.
Following a few years of success, the 2018 season has been disappointing.
According to figures released by the National Caravan Council (NCC), first registrations of motorcaravans in April were up 10% compared to last year, at 1,668 units.
Following a significant dip in April, registrations made a small recovery in May.
According to figures released by the National Caravan Council (NCC), as of May 2018, 10,651 units have been produced, which is an increase of 6.3% on the same period in 2017.
Sales of new light commercial vehicles rose by 2.4% in May as 27,639 new light commercial vehicles hit British roads.
Following a year of depressed registrations in 2017, the first quarter of 2018 experienced growth, with year to date totals being 5.8% ahead of last year.
Sales of new light commercial vehicles grew in April as the market continued its topsy-turvy start to 2018.
Registration data released by the Motorcycle Industry Association (MCIA) show 15,118 registrations in March this year, 4.9% ahead of March 2017.
Over the years, the new plate launch in March proves to be a fantastic month with registration really taking off.
According to figures released by the National Caravan Council, as of January 2018, 2,435 units had been produced, which is an increase of 18.7% on the same period in 2017.
According to figures released by the National Caravan Council (NCC), registrations of motorcaravans in January were up 4.3% compared to last year, at 531 units.
With 2018 now well underway, it is the time of year to be thinking about the upcoming summer.
After 2015 exceeded forecasts, it appears 2016 will follow suit.
Weather plays a particularly big role in the motorcycle industry, so climate change is a very important factor to consider.
Positive spin from manufacturers is at loggerheads with reluctance of operators to be convinced by electric light commercial vehicles.
Overview of 2016
November logged record-breaking new light commercial vehicle registrations – the most for 20 years.