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The 10 best-selling new vans of May 2019

The 10 best-selling new vans of May 2019


May 2019 signified the fifth consecutive month of year on year growth for the UK new van market, Vansdirect takes a look at the best-selling new vans from last month!


New van sales up 5.4% in May 2019

According to statistics revealed by the Society of Motor manufacturers and traders (SMMT) New van sales in May 2019 were up an impressive 5.4% in comparison with May 2018, representing the fifth consecutive month of growth. Small vans led the way with a 14% increase, whilst medium vans and large vans also increased by 10.2% and 5.3% respectively. It was a slightly disappointing month for pick-ups which fell 1.8% in May 2019. So far in 2019, new van registrations are up 7.5% from 2018.


SMMT Chief Executive, Mike Hawes commented on another hugely encouraging month for the UK new van market:


"Another month of growth for the UK's van market is welcome news, evidence that investment by manufacturers into new models is continuing to help attract buyers. Vans today are more high-tech than ever, with impressive fuel economy, safety features and performance. However, business purchasing is cyclical in nature and for the market to stay strong we need the right economic and political conditions."


Here are the vans that claimed the bragging rights in May 2019!


May's best-selling new vans


10. Vauxhall Combo

Vauxhall Combo


International van of the year 2019, the transformation of the Vauxhall Combo with this new model has been incredibly impressive, so much so that tenth place for the month of May could be perceived as a slightly disappointing month for the Vauxhall Combo, with sister vans in the form of the Citroen Berlingo and Peugeot Partner both enjoying higher placings in the table (we'll get on to those later). The Vauxhall Combo is the first new van in a Vauxhall vans range which will also see an all new model of the Vauxhall Vivaro van and a facelifted version of the Vauxhall Movano van in months to come.


Vauxhall Combo van leasing deals from £165pm


9. Ford Transit Connect

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You see the Ford Transit label and you automatically associate a van with quality, reliability and excellent load carrying capabilities. Now the Ford Transit Connect is in the lower range of the Ford Transit family, however don't let this fool you, it is everything you expect from that iconic Transit badge albeit on a much smaller scale. The Ford Transit Connect enjoyed a facelift in 2018, which along with a sleeker looking front end, added a host of the latest technology and a hugely updated interior to bring a car-like feel and driving experience to the hugely popular small van.


Ford Transit Connect van leasing deals from £165pm


8. Ford Ranger

Ford Ranger for sale


Despite demand for pick-ups dipping ever so slightly in May 2019, there was still space for the iconic Ford Ranger pick-up in the top ten vans for sale last month. The Ford Ranger leads the way in the pick-up market, being an incredibly tough, durable and reliable all-round performer with a class leading 3.5-tonne towing capacity. The Ford Ranger may lead the way, however Ford vans are not resting on their laurels with the Ranger and a bringing a facelifted Ford Ranger to the market in the very near future with improved technology and more powerful and efficient engines amongst the new highlights.


Ford Ranger van leasing deals from £235pm


7. Citroen Berlingo

New Citroen Berlingo vans for sale


We touched on the Citroen Berlingo earlier on and alongside the Vauxhall Combo and Peugeot Partner vans, the new Citroen Berlingo sets a new benchmark for quality and comfort in the small vans market. Like the model it has replaced in the range, the new Citroen Berlingo is an excellent workhorse and can now accommodate payloads in excess of one-tonne, however it is so much more than that. Comfort reaches a new level in the new Citroen Berlingo van with an upmarket interior and cabin taken from the Citroen cars range, putting the joy back into your working day.


Citroen Berlingo van leasing deals from £135pm


6. Vauxhall Vivaro

Vauxhall Vivaro vans for sale


The best of British Vauxhall Vivaro van has been a large part of an incredibly competitive medium vans market since 2001, with its popularity has shown no signs of waning. This excellent model is soon to be leaving the market to be replaced with an all new model based on the award winning Citroen Dispatch and Peugeot Expert vans. The all-new Vauxhall Vivaro van got its global debut at the Commercial Vehicle Show 2019 and is expected to take the UK new van market by storm in the coming months.


Vauxhall Vivaro van leasing deals from £209pm


5. Volkswagen Transporter

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Another iconic medium van, the VW Transporter has enjoyed a lifespan of more than half a century , with more than 12 million units sold worldwide in that time. Despite the VW Transporter T6 only being with us since 2015, Volkswagen vans will soon be bringing a facelifted model to the market labelled the Volkswagen Transporter T6.1. The VW Transporter T6.1 will get an updated appearance and larger grille, alongside a plethora of additional technology and an updated interior. Volkswagen vans will also be bringing us an all-electric Volkswagen e-Transporter by 2020.


Volkswagen Transporter van leasing deals from £245pm


4. Peugeot Partner

new Peugeot Partner vans for sale


Earning the International van of the year winners bragging rights for May 2019 is the Peugeot Partner van. The primary difference between the Peugeot Partner, Citroen Berlingo and Vauxhall Combo small vans is the badge, however there is another difference in that of the dashboard layout and the innovative i-Cockpit design from Peugeot vans may just have led to the Peugeot Partner leading the way in May over its sister vans.


Peugeot Partner van leasing deals from £145pm


3. Mercedes Sprinter

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Where can I find a large van which is comfortable, easy to drive and with all of the latest technology? Step up the Mercedes Sprinter van! The previous generation Mercedes Sprinter van was a collaboration with Volkswagen vans and the Volkswagen Crafter, however Mercedes vans went it alone when they brought this all-new Mercedes Sprinter to the market in 2018 and the results since have been nothing short of phenomenal, developing a large van which has been dubbed the best connected van the world has ever seen.


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2. Ford Transit

New Ford Transit van


Think of vans and you immediately think of the Ford Transit, a van which has become synonymous with large vans and the new van market as a whole. The Ford Transit range now spans every segment of the new van market, from the smallest of them all, the Ford Transit Courier right up to the full-size Ford Transit van. The full-size Ford Transit will be the last model in the Transit range to undergo a facelift, after all of its smaller siblings did at various points in 2018 and we'll see the facelifted Ford Transit on our roads in the very near future with an all-new interior and use of mild-hybrid technology for the very first time amongst the highlights.


Ford Transit van leasing deals from £215pm


1. Ford Transit Custom

ford transit custom vans for sale


In top spot once again is the little brother to the Ford Transit van, the Ford Transit Custom. This excellent medium van has topped the new van sales charts for as long as we can remember and offers the perfect balance of load carrying abilities and car-like driving dynamics, not to mention it is the only van in its class to have achieved a five star Euro NCAP safety rating. The Ford Transit Custom underwent a facelift in 2018 giving it a new front end and a completely transformed interior to cement its place at the top of the tree of the medium van market and new van market as a whole.


Ford Transit Custom van leasing deals from £185pm


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