The classic business model for a small business owner was to find a building somewhere and set up shop. Ford says that the traditional model is changing with more and more entrepreneurs choosing a mobile business based out of the Ford Transit van so they can take work to where the customers are. Ford says that the transit has seen a 5.3% uptick in sales for fleets ranging from one to five vans.
The automaker thinks that new tools that bring connectivity, configuration options, and driver-assist features to the 2020 Ford Transit will push even more business owners to go mobile. One company that chose a Ford Transit is a pottery company called Pewabic Pottery, which operates a 116-year-old ceramic studio and school. The company bought a Ford Transit van to create a traveling exhibition space with portable ceramic firing kilns so the artists can bring ceramics to schools and community festivals.
The company says that the Transit high-roof option made it easy for customers to walk through the van and easy upfitting made the van a solid choice. Ford’s chief futurist, Sheryl Connelly, says that people are used to clicking a button and having something shipped to us today. We are now moving to the click a button and get a service or a custom experience sent to you.
This started with the food truck industry, many of which use Ford Transit vans. Ford notes that more businesses are choosing full-size vans to grow their companies rather than investing in stationary brick and mortar locations. Year-over-year transit sales are up 1.9 percent says Ford and that jumps to 5.3 percent for fleets.
Ford Transit vans have two wheelbase options with three roof heights and three lengths. The vans also offer a new crew van seating arrangement and the engine options along with single and dual real wheels, and all-wheel drive is available. Ford says the transit can be configured in thousands of ways. Ford is offering a $2,750 discount on the Transit in August.