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Ford Transit Custom Was Most Popular Vehicle In U.K. In March 2021

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The mid-size Ford Transit Custom was the U.K.’s most popular light commercial vehicle (LCV) by far in March 2021. According to figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, 9,627 examples of the Transit Custom were registered during the moth, more than double the 4,516 registrations achieved by the regular (and larger) Ford Transit.

Ford Transit Custom Trail

The Ford Ranger, comfortably leading the U.K.’s pickup truck segment, placed fourth at 3,500 units. A fourth Ford, the compact Transit Connect, also made it into the top ten, placing eighth with 2,055 registrations. This was just five units short of the Transit Connect’s closest rival, Stellantis brand’s Vauxhall Combo.

U.K. LCV registrations March 2021
Position Vehicle Registrations
1 Ford Transit Custom 9.627
2 Ford Transit 4,516
3 Volkswagen Transporter 4,238
4 Ford Ranger 3,500
5 Mercedes Sprinter 2,744
6 Vauxhall Vivaro 2,226
7 Vauxhall Combo 2,060
8 Ford Transit Connect 2,055
9 Toyota Hilux 2,054
10 Citroen Berlingo 1,828

In total, 56,122 LCVs were registered in the U.K. during March. This is 85.5 percent more than the 30,247 units registered in March of 2020, the first month of restrictions introduced in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, but one percent down on the average for the month in the previous five years.

Ford Transit Custom Active

March is exceptionally important for the U.K. auto industry because it is one of two months in which the date identifier of the vehicle license number changes. The spectacular improvement in March therefore means that the year to date (YTD) registrations in the LCV segment are up by 43.4 percent, even though only one month was affected by COVID-19 in Q1 of 2020, compared with all three in 2021.

U.K. LCV Registrations - Jan - Mar 2021
Position Vehicle Registrations
1 Ford Transit Custom 14,317
2 Ford Transit 9,594
3 Volkswagen Transport 6,376
4 Mercedes Sprinter 6,050
5 Ford Ranger 5,154
6 Vauxhall Vivaro 4,230
7 Vauxhall Combo 3,760
8 Peugeot Partner 3,728
9 Ford Transit Connect 3,600
10 Toyota Hilux 3,418

Ford’s YTD performance is similar to what it achieved in March, except that the Ranger and Transit Connect or both one place lower, in fifth and ninth places, respectively.

Ford Ranger Thunder

The Transit Custom is not only the leader of the segment with 14,317 registrations. It is also the most popular vehicle currently on sale in the U.K., ahead of the Ford Fiesta hatchback (11,645 units) and the country’s most popular car, the Vauxhall Corsa (12,413 units).

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Written by David Finlay

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