Ford dominates van sales once again

The world’s best-selling van helped Ford bring in 5,400 sales in July, doubled that of Volkswagen and Vauxhall.

However Vauxhall, which builds the Vivaro van in its Luton plant in the UK, remains the second most popular van maker in 2011 so far with 20,000 sales – 21,000 less than Ford.

Vauxhall sales rose by 36 per cent in July compared to nine per cent for Ford, closing the gap at the top of the sales chart.

The success of Ford is down to its Ford Transit range. The large panel van comes in over 350 variations including different roof heights, lengths and diesel engine options.

The smaller Ford Transit Connect is the second best seller in the Ford range, while the Ford Fiestavan also recorded strong sales in July.

Ford plans to expand its van range next year with the introduction of the Ford Transit Connect Electric, a van powered solely using electric power.

Behind the ‘big three’ van manufacturers, the trio of French brands (Renault, Peugeot and Citroen) complete the top six most popular van makers in the UK.

However, only Peugeot recorded an increase in sales (six per cent) in July, according to the figures from the Society of Motoring Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

"July saw the first drop in the volume of vans registered following 17 consecutive monthly increases, reflecting a more uncertain period for the economy," said Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive.

Everitt did say he was optimistic of improvements in the later part of the year, citing a 22 per cent increase in van registrations in 2011 so far as evidence of the recovering market.