That’s according to figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), which points out that, despite the drop, more than 362,000 new vans were sold in 2017 and this is the third highest figure for a decade.
Sales of smaller vans under 2 tonnes fell by more than 20% on 2016 figures. However, the 2- to 2.5-tonne van sector and pick-ups both boosted the overall annual results, with registrations up by 2.3% and 7.8% respectively.
Van registrations for December were up by almost 3%, to just over 28,000 units.
Mike Hawes, SMMT chief executive, said the overall market slowdown for 2017 “was in line with expectations”, adding that demand remains at a high level.
Mercedes-Benz Vans UK is celebrating after notching up a record year of sales – its eighth consecutive year of growth.
The company says 41,404 vans were sold last year – the first time it has passed the 40,000 barrier in the UK.
Vito van sales were up by 25% on the previous year, as was the Sprinter (3%), Vito Sport (49%) and Vito Taxi, which more than doubled the previous record from 2013.
Steve Bridge, managing director, Mercedes-Benz Vans UK, said: “This year will continue to be an exciting one with the launch of new Sprinter and working towards the launch of our electric vehicle range starting with eVito, as well as continued focus on MercedesPRO and providing our customers with the best solutions to keep their businesses moving.”