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Vauxhall Vivaro most popular van for small businesses

  • Vauxhall’s medium van best for retail sales in 2016
  • Over half of Vivaro customers are small businesses
  • Best ever year for Vauxhall van conversions, too

While the 22,791 Vauxhall Vivaros sold in 2016 is some way off the 49,744 rival Transit Customs sold by Ford in the same period, Vauxhall still has reason to celebrate – the Vivaro had the highest percentage of retail sales of any van over the past 12 months.

Read the full Vauxhall Vivaro review on Parkers Vans

Retail sales are those to individual small businesses, rather than large fleets. No fewer than 12,569 Vivaros went to these customers – that’s 55% of all Vivaro sales.

More than that, it’s a chunky 15.5% of the entire van retail market, an impressive result for Vauxhall.

‘We are delighted to retain our crown in topping the retail van segment for the second successive year,’ said Vauxhall’s national commercial vehicle sales manager, Andy Savage.

What makes the Vivaro so successful in this area?

Savage continued: ‘Vauxhall continues to provide customer with compelling offers supported by high-quality, fuel-efficient vehicles with low running costs and superb manufacturer support.’

Certainly, it never seems difficult to find a compelling deal on the Vivaro – click here see for yourself in the Parkers Vans for sale section.

It probably doesn’t hurt that the Vivaro is the only van that’s still built in Britain; find out how Vauxhall builds it in our recent behind-the-scenes tour of the factory.

And, of course, it is also a really rather excellent van. Cousin to the Renault Trafic (plus the Fiat Talento and Nissan NV300), the Vivaro is well built, well equipped, exceedingly comfortable and good to drive – as well as having a practical load space that can be accessorised with a wide variety of useful extras.

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Vauxhall Movano Luton conversion

2016 was also the first year Vauxhall sold more than 2,000 conversions – based on the larger Movano as well as the Vivaro.

These include factory-built dropsides, tippers and box vans, plus various Vauxhall-approved specialist conversions.

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