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Light goods vehicles in the UK - Statistics & Facts

Production of commercial vehicles in the United Kingdom recorded a sharp overall slump with only 66,000 units assembled in 2020 compared to 78,000 vehicles produced in 2019. The commercial vehicle manufacturing sector was particularly affected by the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown measures in April of that year when only 15 commercial vehicles were sold on the UK home market, a crash of 99 percent compared to the same month in 2019. The majority of the vehicles produced were exported, in particular to the European Union, which imported around 38,000 units.

England is the biggest market in the United Kingdom

Light goods vehicles are vehicles under 3.5 metric tons; they represented an important part of the goods vehicle market in the United Kingdom. As of 2020, there were roughly 4.2 million registered light goods vehicles in Great Britain, with numbers having increased steadily since 2005. Out of all the regions, England had the highest number of licensed light trucks, with its South East region seeing the most registrations. Vehicles in the United Kingdom fleet were on average close to eight years old, with the largest share of vehicles being between six and 13 years of age. The most common type of commercial vehicle was the box van as of 2019. Close to 60 percent of this overall figure were box vans weighing below 7.5 metric tons, which classifies them as light goods vehicles.

Ford dominates the market

By September 2020, the Ford Transit was by far the most used light goods vehicle model, with figures nearly four times higher than the second most popular model, the Ford Ranger. The volume of cumulative licenses for the Ford Transit reached close to 992,000 units, with figures having grown consecutively since 2000. This popularity helped make Ford the most sold brand on the United Kingdom market in the first half of 2020. New registrations for this brand amounted to almost 36,000 units, dwarfing other brands including Mercedes.

Interesting statistics

In the following 4 chapters, you will quickly find the 22 most important statistics relating to "Light goods vehicles in the United Kingdom".


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