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Britain’s white vans top 4 million for the first time

A boom in British new van sales has seen the total number on UK roads top the 4 million mark for the first time, thanks to a combination of business confidence and internet shopping.

There are now 4,007,331 vans in use on British roads, more than 4% more than this time last year – and further new vans sales growth of 1.2% to date this year means 2015’s total of 370,000 new van sales continues to grow in 2016.

In the past four years alone, the total number of vans on British roads has grown by around 400,000.

It’s very good news for the British economy, said SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes, as “commercial vehicles have never been more important”.

CVs, the SMMT revealed as the 2016 Commercial Vehicle Show opens its doors at Birmingham’s NEC, cover 61 billion miles a year in the UK – and vans account for 45 billion of that (that’s 75%).

Around 3,000 tonnes of goods are transported by road every minute, three times more than rail and water combined.

As the surge in online deliveries continues, so too is the boom in new van sales expected to continue. Luckily, then, there’s a record number of new vans and pickups being launched at this year’s CV show, including models from Citroen, Fiat Professional, Isuzu, Peugeot, Renault and Toyota.

There’s even a blast from the past at the NEC this year – LDV is back in Birmingham, with an Irish importer set to unveil a new V80 van from the now Chinese-owned firm. Even if it does look rather like the old Maxus that used to be sold here…

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