UK van buyers going French

While the car industry is struggling post-scrappage scheme, Citroen has recorded a 66.09 per cent increase in its van range in August alone.

Over 862 Citroen vans were sold in August and in total, one in ten vans sold in the UK in the month was a Citroen model.

Models such as the smaller Citroen Nemo, Berlingo First and Berlingo vans – all of which have a car variant – and the larger, Ford Transit-rivalling Dispatch and Relay vans have continued to sell strongly in 2010, with over 11,000 sales in total.

Robert Handyside, Citroën’s Commercial Vehicle Operations Manager, comments: "Citroën continues to enjoy strong LCV sales success throughout 2010.

"The company’s strong sales performance, out-performing the gains of a rapidly rising market, are a reflection of the Citroën LCV range’s customer appeal, advanced design, strong environmental credentials and low cost of operation."

Meanwhile, sister company Peugeot, part of the Citroen-owning PSA Group, also recorded a rise in van sales, helped along by the marque extending its warranty to 100,000 at the start of the month.

Peugeot van sales are up 28 per cent in 2010 so far and the company owns a 6.5 per cent market share of the LCV market in the UK.

The success has been attributed to the small Peugeot Bipper and Partner vans, whose low CO2 emissions and frugal engines have proved popular with buyers such as the Royal Mail, which ordered 2,000 Peugeot Bipper vans for its fleet earlier this year.

Jon Goodman, Managing Director, Peugeot UK, said the figures ‘show just how strong the Peugeot brand has become’ in the UK LCV market.

The LCV market has grown by 16.9 per cent in 2010 to date compared to the same period in 2009, outperforming the 13.2 per cent growth seen by the car market.