According to Society or Motor Manufacturers and Traders figures, light commercial vehicles sales were up 7.9 per cent last month, led by vans between 1.8 and 3.5 tonnes, which were up 10.6 per cent at 13,654.
4x4 utilities were up 38 per cent, but only sold 585 units, while vans up to 1.8 tonnes were up 0.5 per cent to 6,286. The year-to-date market for LCVs is now up 4.9 per cent, with heavy vans up 6.9 per cent and light vans up 2.1 per cent, while 4x4 utilities are down 4 per cent.
The strong performance contrasts with the market for trucks, down 12.1 per cent and buses and coaches, which fell 17.2 per cent.
Christopher Macgowan said: 'Overall, the market is up in October. Strong demand for LCVs has compensated a slowdown in the heavy truck, bus and coach markets.'