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The conversion vehicle market might never return to what it was 10 years ago, but shipments of van conversions and sport utility vehicle (SUV) conversions were better this past August than in August 2001, according to the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA).
There were 4,900 van conversions shipped from manufacturers to auto dealers in August, a 16.7% increase over the 4,200 units delivered a year earlier. After the first eight months of this year, van conversion deliveries were up 4.5% to 32,400 units.
Meanwhile, shipments of converted SUVs increased 25% in August to 500 units, although converted SUV shipments still were down 11.4% during the first eight months of this year to 3,100 units.
The wholesale market for converted pickups remained smaller than it was in 2001, the RVIA also reported. Converted pickup deliveries were down 7.1% in August to 1,300 units and declined 15.4% during the first eight months of this year to 10,400 units.