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WESTERN EUROPE | COMMERCIAL VEHICLES    EXCLUSIVE   
More UK buyers gravitate towards butch Pick-ups
Published: Fri, 09th June 2017 11:39:53 GMT  
 

United Kingdom Pick-up sales boom 2017

Fordís F-Series Pick-Up, a stereotypical manís motor in almost every sense, may be the single best-selling vehicle in the world - a view underlined by the realisation that in the five months to May this year a striking 352,000 were already snapped up by keen US buyers alone - but in Europe these butch Pick-Ups simply didnít sell. Until now, that is.

It is not a trend that has set the market alight yet, but at a time when the UKís previously sizzling market for Ford Transit-type medium vans appears to have lost at least some stored up heat, AID reports on one small but still bubbling sub-segment that still stands out as a trend-bucking winner.

A sense of disappointment likely carried by this year's sudden cooling of the UKís previously buzzing market for both passenger cars and light commercial vehicles lost at least some of its sting following news that one lone vehicle sector, albeit a small one, is still riding against the odds.

UK Pick-Up sales picked up where they left off from last yearís record result, with five months sales topping last yearís comparative totals by 19 per cent following an even hotter 26.2 per cent sales surge during May itself, according to SMMT data.

Put into perspective, May sales of the UKís previously booming Transit-dominated medium van segment Ė vehicles in the over 2.50t to 3.50t GVW (Gross Vehicle Weight) class - already trail last yearís 5-months sales levels by some 4.2 per cent after taking a steeper 10.1 per cent plunge during May itself.

By contrast, latest strong gains keep Britainís still sizzling Pick-up market remain on course for a likely 5th successive all-time record.


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