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Marketwatch: Mixed fortunes for commercial vehicles

SEVERAL models are enjoying strong performance in the used commercial vehicle market, with the Renault Kangoo remaining one of the most popular vans in the sector.

Research from Glass’s Information Services has shown that dCi versions of the Kangoo are high on the industry’s most desirable list.

Fiat’s Doblo is proving good value for money in the current market alongside the Peugeot Partner.

Those not faring as well include Citroen, where cashback deals are starting to affect late-plate used market deals and the Volkswagen range where interest in early diesel Caddys is now slipping, especially on vehicles in poor condition.

Sales of the LDV Convoy have been falling due to strong competition from the European market, but Glass’s believes the group’s new Maxus panel van could boost the company.

George Alexander, chief commercial vehicle editor at Glass’s, said: ‘The Maxus panel van has arrived in the nick of time. Sales of LDV’s Convoy had been slipping due to competition from some excellent new continental vans. Things were even worse for the Pilot, with tiny numbers being registered as it had effectively come to the end of the line.’

The Vauxhall Vivaro continues to be a popular choice in the sector alongside the Ford Transit. Mercedes-Benz’s Vito has had mixed fortunes with values weakening on the outgoing model but the latest Peugeot Boxer van is achieving high residuals thanks to new diesel technology. <

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