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Ford Transit Bestselling Cargo Van Family on Earth

Truck Trend logo Truck Trend 10/12/2016 Brett T. Evans

2015 Ford Transit© Truck Trend Network Staff 2015 Ford Transit The Ford Transit has become the world’s most popular cargo van nameplate, thanks in part to strong U.S. sales and the Chinese introduction of the Transit Kombi, a model that looks like it’s based on the front-drive European Ford Transit Custom. 

The Ford Transit, which went on sale in the United States in 2014 as a replacement for the aging Ford E-Series, has already become the bestselling van in its class here, capturing a 40-percent market share through the first nine months of 2016. The company also says it’s on track for its best year of U.S. van sales since 1978.

2015 Ford Transit© Truck Trend Network Staff 2015 Ford Transit

In addition to U.S. sales success, the Ford Transit has been the bestseller in its segment in the United Kingdom since 1984, with total European market share growing from 10.8 percent to 12.9 percent in just over two years. In a region where every automaker has a commercial vehicle (even the likes of Mercedes and Volkswagen), one in eight new vans being sold is a Transit, and that’s very impressive.

2015 Ford Transit© Truck Trend Network Staff 2015 Ford Transit

Furthermore, the Transit is fast becoming China’s favorite van. Ford’s partnership with Jiangling Motors Corporation resulted in the first China-produced Transits in 1997, and just a month ago, the company commenced production on the Transit Kombi.

With America, China, and most of Europe covered, Ford likely has a strong grip on its global van sales crown with the Transit. However, there may be one caveat attached: Ford claims the Transit is the bestselling cargo van nameplate, meaning it may be including the sales of the compact Transit Connect, midsize Transit Custom, and fullsize Transit in its boasting. Such production accounting may give Ford an unfair advantage over van manufacturers that give their different-sized vans unique names, rather than lumping them into one big family as Ford does with the Transit.

2013 Ford Transit Custom Cargo Van© Truck Trend Network Staff 2013 Ford Transit Custom Cargo Van

Nevertheless, in the American market, the fullsize Transit and compact Transit Connect each outsell their respective competition handily, so we wouldn’t be surprised to hear Ford sells more commercial vehicles as a whole than its global competition. And regardless, however Ford is counting their vans, the Transit is a capable, economical, reasonable choice for almost any fleet or industry. It’s one of our favorite vans, for sure.

Source: Ford

2015 Ford Transit© Truck Trend Network Staff 2015 Ford Transit
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