Vans are key players in the logistics chain, enabling the ‘last mile’ delivery of goods in urban areas. Largely used by SMEs as business tools, vans power the European economy, helping businesses to thrive.

Why are vans so important?

  • Thanks to vans, businesses can deliver goods right to their customers’ doors. This is all the more important given the surge in online purchasing by consumers, who expect rapid and direct deliveries.
  • Serving very specific purposes, vans cannot be easily replaced by other transport services (such as public transport or carsharing).
  • Vans enable a broad range of economic and social activities, including:
    • construction;
    • postal and courier services;
    • ambulances;
    • policing and rescue operations;
    • mobile workshops;
    • as well as passenger transportation, think for example of school buses or the transport of disabled people.
  • Van-derived cars are the most effective means to carry small groups of less than eight passengers.
  • There are some 29 million vans on Europe’s roads today – their average age is 10.9 years and rising.
  • European vans are increasingly popular around the world. In 2017, 322,548 vans were exported, worth more than €4 billion.

Explore our fact sheet on vans for more interesting figures and to learn how vans are exactly defined under the European classification system.

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