Sales of pickup trucks are set to rise for the sixth consecutive year, with a 5.3% increase in the first three months of 2018. A record 15,215 pickups were registered in the first quarter, with the Ford Ranger once again topping the leader board.
6 – Volkswagen Amarok (1,097)
This is the second full year of production for the new Volkswagen Amarok V6 and sales have increased 40% over last year thanks to wider availability and the introduction of new models, like the manual version, the Trendline and Dark Label.
5 – Isuzu D-Max (1,426)
The first full year of the 1.9-litre engine sales hasn’t affected Isuzu too much. The Japanese manufacturer has some of the most loyal customers in the industry, thanks to its fantastic reliability and dealer backup.
4 – Toyota Hilux (1,851)
The fairly expensive price tag and lack of a larger displacement hasn’t put off the Hilux faithful. Just under 2,000 models were registered in the first quarter which, like the D-Max, can be largely attributed to its fantastic build quality.
3 – Mitsubishi L200 (2,833)
It’s a big step up to third place with Mitsubishi registering almost 3,000 examples of the L200. Impressive finance deals and excellent aftersales have aided sales of the L200 and upgrading the towing capacity to 3.5t should help it further.
2 – Nissan Navara (3,085)
Nissan snatched second place from Mitsubishi last year, and its narrowly maintains its lead into 2018. With some dealers offering Tekna pre-regs for just £20,000 plus VAT, the wide-reaching Nissan dealer network and excellent levels of comfort and refinement make this an attractive purchase for many operators.
1 – Ford Ranger (4,274)
Retaining its crown for the fifth year is the Ford Ranger. The 3.2-litre five pot engine is a great performer, especially for towing and heavy duty operations, while there are plenty of great finance offers and discounts from many organisations like the NFU and BASC.
There are plenty of new models expected over the next two years, and the remainder of the market is currently made up of the Mercedes-Benz X-Class, SsangYong Musso and Fiat Fullback. Sales of the Mercedes-Benz X-Class are quite low due to the premium price tag and many operators holding out for the 3.0-litre V6 in September 2018.