High-Roof Vans Closing Ground on Standard-Roof Models
Chart courtesy of NTEA.
As fleets begin embracing a new wave of Euro-style full-size vans, high-roof vans appear to be gaining favor over their standard-roof siblings, according to the NTEA.
Full-size van buyers in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico have been driving high-roof van sales higher since 2013 while sales of standard roof height vans have declined, the NTEA reported in its OEM Monthly Chassis Report for May.
For the first two months of 2015, standard roof vans continued to see higher sales, but hte gap is closing. Standard roof vans fell below 15,000 monthly units in January and February, but outpaced high-roof models and remained the higher-volume segment. High-roof van sales reached 5,000 units each month.
In the U.S. and Mexico commercial van market, sales fell after reaching a new peak of 25,000 units in December. For the first two months of the year, sales were much higher than in the same period last year. High-roof market share has increased steadily since its introduction to the NAFTA market, according to NTEA.