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 18 08 2017 02

  • Global demand for UK-built vans, trucks, buses and coaches grows 11.6% in first half of 2017.
  • Majority destined for Europe, with 94.7% of UK-built commercial vehicles going to EU fleets.
  • Exports to EU rise 13.8% in first six months of 2017.

Exports of British-built vans, trucks and buses rose 11.6% in the first six months of 2017, with almost all headed to the EU, according to figures released today by SMMT. Nearly two-thirds (63.5%) of commercial vehicles (CVs) built in Britain were exported, with 27,818 of the 43,782 total produced headed to more than 45 countries around the world.

British CV manufacturing has been bolstered by growth in the EU following the recession, resulting in a 13.8% rise in demand from the region, and 94.7% of exported UK-built CVs headed there so far this year. Moreover, every British van (24,447 vehicles) and almost two thirds (62.9%) of trucks exported in H1 2017 were destined for EU fleets.

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