Britain’s favourite commercial vehicles

Sales figures tell us which vans and commercial vehicles are flying out of dealerships – but that’s only half of the picture, since new models only make up a portion of the total number of vans on the road. So what about the total van ‘parc’ for the UK? Which vans are on the road in the highest numbers?

We requested figures from the SMMT and found out which commercial vehicles exist on the road with MoT and tax in the highest numbers, showing which vans and pick-ups really are the most popular with British drivers. Pictures are of the latest model, but numbers are for all examples, old or new. 

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Mercedes-Benz Sprinter – 195,456 on the road

The large Sprinter is a real workhorse, with excellent load-lugging capability. It’s been on sale in one form or another since 1995, with the most recent revision arriving in 2013. It’s the ‘heavy lifter’ of our list, ideal for builders and delivery companies who need a lot of space and payload.

It’s also a popular base for conversions, including tippers and minibuses. There are variants with gross vehicle weights of up to 5000kg which, though over the weight limit for some drivers, are very versatile for companies that need to haul bulky or heavy loads without operating trucks. 

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