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Light Commercial Vehicle (LCV) Market Size - By Vehicle Type (Light-duty Trucks, Vans, Pickup Trucks), By GVW (Below 6,000 lbs, 6,001 - 10,000 lbs, 10,001 - 14,000 lbs), By Fuel Type (Gasoline, Diesel, Electric), By Application (Commercial, Industrial) & Forecast, 2023 - 2032

  • Report ID: GMI5906
  • Published Date: Jun 2023
  • Report Format: PDF

Light Commercial Vehicle Industry Analysis

Light Commercial Vehicle Market surpassed USD 7.8 trillion in 2022 and is anticipated to grow at 9% CAGR from 2023 to 2032. Increasing vehicle emission regulations, advancements in vehicle safety, introduction of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) in vehicles, and the rapidly growing retail & e-commerce sectors contribute significantly to the demand for new & advanced commercial vehicles. The logistics and e-commerce industries are expanding rapidly, propelling industry demand.

Light Commercial Vehicle (LCV) Market

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Rapid urbanization has given rise to new retail and e-commerce platforms, which necessitate efficient logistics, further fueling the LCV market growth. Major corporations are increasingly adopting Electric Vehicles (EVs) as part of their transition to electric mobility, fueling the demand for light commercial vehicles. Large-scale manufacturers are also offering several products in collaboration with other major companies to convert the existing majority of engine-powered light commercial vehicles to electric vehicles by 2032.

The light commercial vehicle market is highly competitive with numerous manufacturers vying for market shares. This competition can create price pressure and reduce profit margins for manufacturers. Additionally, the entry of new players and the expansion of existing manufacturers into new markets can further intensify competition, impacting the growth potential of established players.

Fluctuating fuel prices can have a direct impact on the demand for light commercial vehicles. Higher fuel prices increase the operational costs for businesses that rely on these vehicles for transportation and delivery purposes. As a result, some businesses may delay or reduce their vehicle purchases, thereby affecting business development.

COVID-19 Impact

The COVID-19 pandemic presented a significant challenge for the light commercial vehicle industry. All manufacturing and transportation activities were halted due to global lockdowns. Supply chain disruptions and economic slowdowns impacted several industries including automotive, transportation, and logistics. Since the transportation and logistics sectors account for a large portion of the industry, decreased demand from these sectors resulted in declining sales.

Light Commercial Vehicle Industry Trends

Rising disposable income levels in both developing and developed countries, as well as continued infrastructure development, are expected to support LCV market growth. The growing demand for environmentally sustainable transportation solutions has prompted the industry manufacturers to create vehicles with lower carbon footprints. Manufacturers are focused on improving vehicle design by reducing load factors and size as well as customizing vehicles to meet weight regulations.

Manufacturers consider several influential factors when developing vehicles including infrastructure conditions, driver technique, weather management, and national policy. The development of such vehicles necessitates significant R&D investments. As a result, policy action and investment initiatives from the government, private & public sectors are required. Such initiatives will assist manufacturers in lowering their operational and production costs.

Light Commercial Vehicle Type Segmentation

The pickup trucks segment held a light commercial vehicle market share of over 5% in 2022 with a growth rate of 12% during forecasted time period. Pickup trucks are widely used by businesses of all sizes for commercial purposes. They provide a practical solution for transporting tools, equipment, and supplies to job sites. Additionally, pickup trucks with extended cabs or crew cabs offer seating for multiple passengers, making them suitable for work crews or sales teams. Their robust payload and towing capabilities make them valuable assets for industries, such as construction, landscaping, and tradespeople, driving the requirement of these vehicles.

Light Commercial Vehicle Market Size, By Vehicle Type, 2021-2032, (USD Trillion)

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Light Commercial Vehicle GVW Segmentation

The 6,001 - 10,000 lbs LCVs held an industry share of around 25% in 2022 and is expected to grow at a lucrative pace by 2032. GVW segment offers a more cost-efficient option for businesses that require a moderate payload capacity along with optimization in their operational costs compared to larger commercial trucks. The initial purchase cost, fuel consumption, maintenance expenses, and insurance premiums for these vehicles are often lower than that of heavier trucks. These factors are bolstering the sales of these vehicles.

Light Commercial Vehicle Volume Market Share, By GVW, 2022

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Light Commercial Vehicle Fuel Type Segmentation

The electric light commercial vehicle market captured 0.2% of the global share in 2022 and is expected to witness 9.5% growth till 2032. The electric fuel type sector is driven by factors such as the inclination toward environmental sustainability, government incentives & regulations, cost savings, advancements in technology & infrastructure, the need for noise reduction & urban mobility, enhancing brand reputation, and technological innovations. As these factors continue to align, the product demand is said to spur.

Light Commercial Vehicle Regional Analysis

Asia Pacific dominated the global light commercial vehicle industry with over 65% share in 2022. The growth in e-commerce has transformed the retail landscape in the region. The growing popularity of online shopping has led to an increased demand for reliable & efficient delivery services. LCVs are widely used in autonomous last-mile delivery, ensuring that the goods reach consumers' doorsteps on time. The surging e-commerce activities have propelled the regional demand for light commercial vehicles.

Furthermore, SMEs constitute a significant portion of businesses in the region. These enterprises often rely on light commercial vehicles for their daily operations including transportation of goods and services. Light commercial vehicles offer a cost-effective solution for SMEs, providing the necessary payload capacity and flexibility without the higher costs associated with larger commercial vehicles. The growth of SMEs in the region also contributes to the industry development.

China Light Commercial Vehicle Market Size, 2020-2032 ( USD Trillion)

Light Commercial Vehicle Industry Leaders 

Major players operating in the light commercial vehicle market are Ford Motor Company, General Motors Company, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) NV, Volkswagen Group, Toyota Motor Corporation, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Honda Motor Co., Ltd., Mercedes-Benz (Daimler AG), Peugeot S.A., Citroën (Groupe PSA), Renault S.A., Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation, and Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. These players focus on strategic partnerships and new vehicle launches & commercialization for market expansion. Furthermore, these players are heavily investing in research to introduce innovative vehicle models and garner maximum business revenues.

Light Commercial Vehicle Industry News:

  • In September 2022, FUSO, Daimler Truck SE's Japanese subsidiary, introduced the next generation of electric eCanter light commercial vehicles. These vehicles will go on sale in Japan in the spring of 2023.
  • In June 2022, Nissan released its new Townstar van, which replaced the e-NV200 model. It is a comprehensive and competitive offering in the tiny van category with both petrol and fully electric engine options. The all-electric Townstar is intended to accelerate the transition to zero-emission motoring. This newest addition to Nissan's fully electric compact LCV series is designed to be a reliable, efficient, and long-lasting product that is optimized to meet constantly changing client requirements.

This light commercial vehicle market research report includes in-depth coverage of the industry with estimates & forecast in terms of revenue (USD Billion) and in shipment (Units) from 2018 to 2032, for the following segments:

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Market, By Vehicle Type

  • Light-duty truck
  • Vans
  • Pickup truck

Market, By GVW

  • Below 6,000 lbs
  • 6,001 - 10,000 lbs
  • 10,001 - 14,000 lbs

Market, By Fuel Type

  • Gasoline
  • Electric
  • Diesel

Market, By Application

  • Commercial
  • Industrial

The above information is provided for the following regions and countries:

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • UK
    • France
    • Italy
    • Russia
    • Belgium
    • Sweden
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • Japan
    • India
    • South Korea
    • Indonesia
    • Thailand
    • Vietnam
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
    • Argentina
  • MEA
    • UAE
    • Saudi Arabia
    • South Africa
    • Iran
    • Turkey


Authors: Preeti Wadhwani

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

The market size of light commercial vehicle surpassed USD 7.8 trillion in 2022 and will depict 9% CAGR during 2023-2032 due to the rising vehicle emission regulations and rapid advancements in vehicle safety worldwide.

The industry share from the electric fuel type segment is anticipated to witness 9.5% growth driven by the rising inclination toward environmental sustainability.

Asia Pacific captured 65% of the LCV market share in 2022 owing to the rising popularity of online shopping and the surging demand for reliable & efficient delivery services.

Ford Motor Company, General Motors Company, Volkswagen Group, Toyota Motor Corporation, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Honda Motor Co., Ltd., Mercedes-Benz (Daimler AG), Peugeot S.A., and Renault S.A. are some of the key LCV providers globally.

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