Rigids drive ‘steady’ growth for HGVs – SMMT17 May 2017

The HGV market has recorded a steady first quarter for 2017, with 10,406 new vehicles registered – up by almost half a percent on Q1 2016. According to the latest figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, this was driven by the demand for 6-16 tonne rigids, which recorded a rise of more than 17% in Q1, offsetting a decline of 8% for rigids over 16 tonnes. Registrations of artics matched 2016 levels, up 0.5% to 3,914 units, which tractors were the most popular body type in the first three months of the year, accounting for 37.6% of new HGVs on the roads.

Mike Hawes, SMMT chief executive, described it as “welcome news, particularly as it follows such a strong first quarter in 2016”.

He added: “Almost all HGVs are powered by diesel and, thanks to heavy investment by industry, the latest Euro 6 commercial vehicles hitting our roads today are the cleanest and safest ever.” Author
Laura Cork[1] Related Companies
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  1. ^ Laura Cork (www.transportengineer.org.uk)
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