Van sales are on the increase and van conversions are one of the contributing factors
Part of the increase in sales of vans up to 3.5 tonnes has been accredited to more buyers seeking vehicles to convert into campervans says a report from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). The other factor behind the rise is the change consumption patterns, with a larger appetite from consumers for online deliveries.
Concerns about supply chains also prompted businesses to stockpile items or secure arrangements on items, which has, in turn, boosted the demand and need for vans.
The light commercial vehicle (LCV) market recorded the best November in its history, with 22,363 new vans over 2.5 tonnes registered according to the latest figures released today by the Society
Uptake of vans weighing more than 2.5 tonnes grew by 7.7% compared to a locked-down November 2020, reaching 22,363 units, or 71.4% of the market.
The number of vans reaching Britain’s roads rose 11.4% on the pre-pandemic average for November1, following two previous months of decline. With the sector still suffering from significant semiconductor shortages, stability of supply remains a key issue and market volatility is likely to be a feature well into 2022.
With a September recovery in the construction sector and growing business investment, especially in online retail, demand has been increasing and manufacturers have battled to fulfil orders despite supply constraints.
The rise in 4×4 van conversions is also playing a significant factor with many customers specifying their campervan should be off-road van conversions
According to the data produced by the SMMT, 4×4 vans and pickup trucks saw the greatest increase in demand compared with November 2020, with a 39.9 per cent and 31.2 per cent increase in registrations respectively.
The three most in-demand vans last month were the Ford Transit Custom, Ford Transit and Mercedes Benz Sprinter. The three vehicles also have the most registrations across the entire year, with more than 100,000 total registrations since January.
The Fiat Ducato continues to be popular among those seeking campervans from Van conversions. In 2021, the Ducato turns 40: unveiled in 1981, the model has always been one of the most appreciated van conversions vehicles in Europe, for its versatility, engine power and reduced running costs.