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Light vans reverse recent trend

A SIGNIFICANT rise in sales of light vans - reversing the trend of recent months - coupled with a continuing rise in 1.8-3.5 tonne vehicles has sent van sales soaring. Sales of vans under 1.8 tonnes totalled 7,033 last month compared with 5,561 a year ago, according to Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders figures released on Monday. Sales for the sector this year are now at 42,223 (1997: 40,111).

Meanwhile, sales of larger vans continue to rise month-on-month with June sales at 11,915 (June 1997: 9,524) taking this year's sales to 72,195 (1997: 62,626). In the light van sector only Daihatsu and Suzuki have seen sales fall this year, with the former's sales totalling 607 (1997: 1,379) and the latter's 697 (1997: 713). In the heavier sector Vauxhall and Nissan have each recorded a decline in sales for the half-year from 1,656 to 1,033 and 2,341 to 2,060 respectively.

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