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• Commercial vehicle sales continue to climb — despite a 7% drop in registrations last month — according to the latest figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.
Up to the end of July 172,065 vans, trucks, buses and light 4 x4s were sold, representing an increase of 5.1% in sales over the same period last year.
In the prestigious trucks and artic sector above 3.5-tonnes GVW, Leyland Daf has held on to its lead ahead of secondplaced Iveco Ford Truck. During the first seven months of 1987 Leyland Daf sold 7,553 vehicles to take a 23.5% share, ahead of lveco Ford's 22.4% (7,212 trucks sold).
Third-place Mercedes-Benz has recorded little change in its overall truck sales. It has a 13.6% stake (4,369 trucks sold up to the end of July), followed by Volvo with 10.2% (3,285). Last month Volvo sales jumped by 48% over July 1986.
Another fast climber is Renault Truck Industries, currently in fifth place with a 9.2% share (2,972), followed by Scania, which is holding steady in sixth place with a 4.9% market share (1,563).
Despite increasing its sales in July, MAN-VW has been having a tough time during 1987 so far. Its market share for the first seven months has fallen to 4.01% (1,292) against the same period last year.
By far the most impressive jump, however, has come from Sandbach-based ERF. It has increased its share above 3.5 tonnes to 3.7% (1,198 trucks sold this year), achieved without the benefit of any lightmiddleweight or 7.5-tonne models in its range.