Birmingham vanmaker LDV has enjoyed a bumper August with sales of its vehicles rising by almost two thirds.

The new Maxus van spearheaded the 64 per cent increase in new registration during the month to 384 models.

Meanwhile, in the year to date the number of vans it has sold has risen by 3.87 per cent to 4,802.

The upturn was part of an industry-wide increase in the number of new vans being registered during August.

While the car industry languished amid poor consumer confidence, the total number of new commercial vehicles rose by 4.5 per cent during the month to 19,010.

The total number of registrations stood at 395,073 in the rolling year to August, and 246,805 in the year to date, a rise of 2.1 per cent.

Christopher Macgowan, chief executive of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, said: "Commercial vehicle registrations are breaking rolling year records.

"Though fortunes are mixed across the sectors, 2005 is likely to set a new annual record.

"Truck registrations continue to see strong, stable growth and, as some firms are already talking about delivery next year for sales made now, the registration outlook is positive."