Pickup truck sales 2017

Ford Ranger driving

September 2017 registration figures released by the SMMT (Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders) shows that sales of pickup trucks in the UK has slowed down over recent months. The market is up just 0.4% on the same month last year, compared with a 30% increase at the start of the year.

While the economy itself is strong, the SMMT blames the slowdown on falling business confidence.

“Business confidence has taken a hit recently as economic and political uncertainty continues, so fluctuations in purchasing patterns are to be expected”, explains Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive.

“We must remember that the van market remains at a historically high level but growth will depend on better economic conditions and business confidence, something government must prioritise.”

In terms of vehicle rankings, it was the same names as last year topping the charts, although the Nissan Navara was the market leader for the first couple of months of 2017.

Vehicle September 2017 2017 YTD*
Ford Ranger 2,354 9,736
Mitsubishi L200 1,773 7,733
Nissan Navara 1,744 8,819
Toyota Hilux 1,076 6,076
Isuzu D-Max 922 4,368
Other** 974 3,699
Total 8,843 40,431

See the 2016 full year figures

*Year to date

**Other vehicles sales are made up of the Fiat Fullback, SsangYong Musso and Volkswagen Amarok.

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