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.
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.
|1||Ford Transit Custom||9.627|
|8||Ford Transit Connect||2,055|
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.
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.
|1||Ford Transit Custom||14,317|
|9||Ford Transit Connect||3,600|
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.
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).