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Conversion vehicle shipments were up sharply when compared with the dismal levels of September 2001, according to the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA).
Shipments of converted pickups and sport utility vehicles (SUVs) both increased by 300% rates when September of this year is compared with the same month a year ago, although the actual numbers remained small.
Meanwhile, a 35.5% increase in shipments was reported for the large-van-conversion category. Specifically, there were 4,200 van conversions shipped from the manufacturers to auto dealers in September, compared with 3,100 units delivered in September 2001.
After the first nine months of this year, van-conversion shipments were up 7.3% to 36,600 units.
In terms of converted pickups, there were 1,600 units delivered in September, compared with 400 shipped a year earlier. However, after the first nine months of this year, converted pickup deliveries still were down 5.5% to 12,000 units.
There were 400 converted SUVs delivered in September, compared with 100 units shipped a year earlier. After the first nine months of this year, converted SUV deliveries still were down 2.8% to 3,500 units.