Registrations: down 0.5% in May and up 5.8% to 396,368 for the rolling year. Trucks: Up 23.1% in May and 25.1% to 57,357 for the rolling year. Vans: Down 4.0% for the month and up 3.1% to 339,011 for the rolling year.

"Buoyant truck registrations continue in 2008 and strong order books suggest the trend is firm for the year." said Paul Everitt, SMMT chief executive. "Van registrations over the year to May are up too, though more modestly, as volumes are already at record levels. We expect these order and registration trends to hold over the next quarter."

New van and truck registrations in the United Kingdom – 2008

May

% change

Year-to-date

% change

Total

30,642

- 0.5%

165,741

5.0%

Vans

25,741

- 4.0%

140,881

0.9%

Trucks

4,901

23.1%

24,860

36.2%

Total van and truck registrations: Rolling year comparison 2002 to 2008

Notes: At ˆ20 bn, the automotive sector is Europe's largest investor in R&D, driving industry forward and helping deliver more sustainable motoring for the 21st century. Technological innovation has helped car and CV manufacturers slash CO2 and air quality emissions from vehicles. New diesel cars for example emit 95% less soot from the tailpipe than those made 15 years ago and average new car CO2 has been cut by 13.1% since 1997.

Each vehicle made in Britain requires half the energy to produce than it did just five years ago, saving an estimated 700,000 tonnes of CO2 a year. Total combined waste to landfill down by more than half, from 80,399 tonnes in 2000 to 39,862 tonnes in 2006. For more details, download SMMT's eighth annual Sustainability Report from the SMMT web site www.smmt.co.uk/publications.

All light commercial vehicles

  • Rolling year: up 3.1% to 339,011.
  • YTD: up 0.9% to 140,881.
  • Month: down 4.0% to 25,741.

Light vans

  • Rolling year: down 8.8% to 52,771.
  • YTD: up 4.6% to 21,077.
  • Month: down 5.2% to 3,694.

Car type pick-ups

  • Rolling year: down 36.1% to 8,554
  • YTD: down 39.2 to 3,223
  • Month: down 26.8% to 465

Medium vans

  • Rolling year: down 1.3% to 43,776
  • YTD: down 13.0% to 17,888
  • Month: up 5.8 to 3,550

Heavy vans

  • Rolling year: up 9.5% to 228,250.
  • YTD: up 4.7% to 96,160.
  • Month: down 4.7% to 17,629.

Trucks

  • Rolling year: up 25.1% to 57,357.
  • YTD: up 36.2% to 24,860.
  • Month: up 23.1% to 4,901.

Rigids

  • Rolling year: up 26.3% to 38,926.
  • YTD: up 24.2% to 16,993.
  • Month: up 15.3% to 3,420.

Two-axle artics

  • Rolling year: up 7.6% to 3,894.
  • YTD: up 75.2% to 1,461.
  • Month: up 88.6% to 349.

Three-axle artics

  • Rolling year: up 27.3% to 14,537.
  • YTD: up 71.5% to 6,406.
  • Month: up 36.6% to 1,132.

CVs up to 6 tonnes GVW

  • Rolling year: up 4.1% to 347,729.
  • YTD: up 1.4% to 144,601.
  • Month: down 3.8% to 26,540.

CVs over 6 tonnes GVW

  • Rolling year: up 20.6% to 48,639.
  • YTD: up 38.1% to 21,140.
  • Month: up 27.6% to 4,102.

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Light commercial vehicles < 3.5 T
Make May-08 % May-07 % % Change YTD-08 % YTD-07 % % Change
Ford 7,547 29.32 7,403 27.60
1.95
40,354 28.64 38,787 27.78 4.04
Vauxhall 3,916 15 3,976 14.83
-1.51
22,244 15.79 21,715 15.55 2.44
Volkswagen 2,519 9.79 2,348 8.76
7.28
11,743 8.34 10,692 7.66 9.83
Citroe"n 2,006 7.79 1,981 7.39
1.26
10,755 7.63 10,327 7.40 4.14
Mercedes 1,957 7.60 2,185 8.15
-10.43
10,665 7.57 9,830 7.04 8.49
Renault 1,773 6.89 1,796 6.70
-1.28
8,703 6.18 8,748 6.27 -0.51
Peugeot 1,234 4.79 1,219 4.55
1.23
7,329 5.20 7,002 5.02 4.67
Nissan 768 2.98 1,181 4.40
-34.97
5,726 4.06 6,509 4.66 -12.03
Toyota 660 2.56 878 3.27
-24.83
4,613 3.27 4,532 3.25 1.79
Fiat 974 3.78 904 3.37
7.74
4,611 3.27 5,543 3.97 -16.81
Mitsubishi 553 2.15 679 2.53
-18.56
3,614 2.57 5,540 3.97 -34.77
Iveco 565 2.19 621 2.32
-9.02
3,013 2.14 3,134 2.24 -3.86
LDV 345 1.34 687 2.56
-49.78
2,491 1.77 3,335 2.39 -25.31
Land Rover 362 1.41 375 1.40
-3.47
2,187 1.55 1,398 1.00 56.44
Other Imports 235 0.91 251 0.94
-6.37
948 0.67 1,017 0.73 -6.78
Isuzu 139 0.54 160 0.60
-13.13
753 0.53 692 0.50 8.82
Renault Trucks 86 0.33 79 0.29
8.86
535 0.38 409 0.29 30.81
Mazda 60 0.23 45 0.17
33.33
353 0.25 249 0.18 41.77
Mitsubishi CV 38 0.15 40 0.15
-5.00
195 0.14 118 0.08 65.25
Kia 4 0.02 7 0.03
-42.86
30 0.02 18 0.01 66.67
Tata 0 0.00 1 0.00
-100.00
19 0.01 7 0.01 171.43
Ssangyong 0 0.00 1 0.00
-100.00
0 0.00 1 0.00 -100.00
Other British 0 0.00 1 0.00
-100.00
0 0.00 2 0.00 -100.00
Proton 0 0.00 0 0.00
0.00
0 0.00 6 0.00 -100.00
Total light CV 25,741 26,818 -4.02 140,881 139,611 0.91
Heavy commercial vehicles > 3.5 T
Make May-08 % May-07 % % Change YTD-08 % YTD-07 % % Change
Daf Trucks 1,145 23.36 893 22.44
28.22
5,832 23.46 4,655 25.51
25.28
Mercedes 649 13.24 572 14.37
13.46
3,022 12.16 2,570 14.08
17.59
Volvo Trucks 549 11.20 276 6.93
98.91
2,880 11.58 1,464 8.02
96.72
MAN 565 11.53 415 10.43
36.14
2,811 11.31 1,632 8.94
72.24
Iveco 506 10.32 436 10.95
16.06
2,548 10.25 2,362 12.94
7.87
Scania 461 9.41 340 8.54
35.59
2,501 10.06 1,676 9.18
49.22
Renault Trucks 182 3.71 169 4.25
7.69
1,067 4.29 582 3.19
83.33
Ford 176 3.59 292 7.34
-39.73
1,003 4.03 1,121 6.14
-10.53
Fiat 188 3.84 160 4.02
17.50
739 2.97 444 2.43
66.44
Other imports 136 2.77 154 3.87
-11.69
630 2.53 640 3.51
-1.56
Hino 71 1.45 62 1.56
14.52
375 1.51 230 1.26
63.04
Dennis Eagle 58 1.18 87 2.19
-33.33
351 1.41 379 2.08
-7.39
LDV 41 0.84 26 0.65
57.69
268 1.08 26 0.14
930.77
Mitsubishi CV 67 1.37 41 1.03
63.41
267 1.07 172 0.94
55.23
Volkswagen 40 0.82 24 0.60
66.67
195 0.78 89 0.49
119.10
Renault 32 0.65 18 0.45
77.78
161 0.65 76 0.42
111.84
Peugeot 32 0.65 6 0.15
433.33
119 0.48 15 0.08
693.33
ERF 1 0.02 4 0.10
-75.00
65 0.26 57 0.31
14.04
Citroe"n 0 0.00 0 0.00
0.00
12 0.05 6 0.03
100.00
Seddon Atkinson 0 0.00 0 0.00
0.00
7 0.03 5 0.03
40.00
BMC 2 0.04 1 0.03
100.00
4 0.02 3 0.02
33.33
Vauxhall 0 0.00 4 0.10
-100.00
2 0.01 26 0.14
-92.31
Nissan 0 0.00 0 0.00
0.00
1 0.00 0 0.00
0.00
Foden 0 0.00 0 0.00
0.00
0 0.00 3 0.02
-100.00
Dennis Fire 0 0.00 0 0.00
0.00
0 0.00 17 0.09
-100.00
Total heavy CV 4,901 3,980 23.14 24,860 18,250 36.22
Taxis
Marque May-08 % May-07 % % Change YTD-08 % YTD-07 % % Change
London Taxi Internat. 163 100 310 100 -47.42 984 100 1523 100 -35.39
Total taxis 163 310 -47.42 984 1523 -35.39