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Third month of growth for van sales

Date: 12 April 2010

New Vauxhall Movano

Van sales saw their third successive month of growth in March despite volume still being down almost a quarter on the same month last year.

March saw 34,691 vans registered, 192,917 year-to-date, a decrease of 22.4%.

SMMT chief executive Paul Everitt said the month saw "some welcome improvement in UK van registrations".

He added: "The situation reflects a hesitant recovery. Manufacturers and dealers will look for more and better priced credit to help strengthen demand in the coming months."

The figures come as the industry gets ready for the Commercial Vehicle Operator Show at the NEC, starting this Tuesday and finishing Thursday 15 April.

Vauxhall's Movano van range will get its exhibition debut at the show. The carmaker said the new model will "provide a number of enhanced benefits to customers including; competitive operating costs, rear wheel drive, increased GVW to 4.5 tonnes, four load lengths and 29 body styles for ultimate flexibility".

The electric revolution also features at the show with Allied Electric debuting its eBipper and ePartner.

Developed with Peugeot, the fully-electric Partner is a multi-purpose small van with 3.7m3 load space and 549kg payload potential. The eBipper has a 375kg payload potential as a city van or runabout car. Both have turning circles less than 10 metres.

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