Ford’s Transit And E-Series Sales Continue To Dominate Full-Size Van Segment In November 2017

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Sales of the Ford Transit increased while those of the E-Series decreased in November in the United States.

Ford Transit Sales - November 2017 - United States

In the United States, Ford Transit deliveries totaled 10,852 units in November 2017, an increase of about 47 percent compared to 7,379 units sold in November 2016.

In the first eleven months of the year, Transit sales decreased about 12 percent to 114,980 units.
MODEL NOV 2017 / NOV 2016 NOVEMBER 2017 NOVEMBER 2016YTD 2017 / YTD 2016 YTD 2017 YTD 2016
TRANSIT +47.07% 10,852 7,379 -11.68% 114,980 130,188

Ford E-Series Sales - November 2017 - United States

In the United States, Ford E-Series deliveries totaled 4,494 units in November 2017, a decrease of about 4 percent compared to 4,705 units sold in November 2016.

In the first eleven months of the year, E-Series sales decreased about 0 percent to 49,393 units.
MODEL NOV 2017 / NOV 2016 NOVEMBER 2017 NOVEMBER 2016YTD 2017 / YTD 2016 YTD 2017 YTD 2016
E-SERIES -4.48% 4,494 4,705 -0.20% 49,393 49,492

The Ford Authority Take

The Blue Oval dominated the U.S. full-size van segment in November, accounting for a cumulative 15,346 deliveries, or 60 percent of the segments sales volume during the month. With 10,582 deliveries, the Transit was far and away in first place in terms of overall sales, handily outselling all other segment contenders, while the E-Series, which is available exclusively in cutaway configuration, was in second place with 4,494 deliveries. Third place went to the Chevrolet Express (see Chevy Express sales), which saw 4,316 deliveries. The Transit, in effect, outsold the Express by over 100 percent.

2014 Ford E-Series Chassis Cab

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The Ram ProMaster Van was in fourth place with 2,555 deliveries (see Ram ProMaster sales), while the Chevy Express’ twin – the GMC Savana – took fifth with 1,712 deliveries (see GMC Savana sales). The Nissan NV rounded out the segment in sixth (and last) place with 1,422 deliveries.

The results have enabled Ford Motor Company’s offerings in the full-size van segment to deliver a cumulative 15,346 unit and to account for over 60 percent of segment sales during the month. Meanwhile, GM’s combined performance – consisting of Chevy Express and GMC Savana – accounted for 6,028 deliveries, or roughly a 23 percent share.

We attribute the Transit’s astounding November sales performance to a best-in-class product that’s modern and desirable. Meanwhile, the aging old but trusty E-Series continues to hold its own in the marketplace, despite only being available as a cutaway van. The sales results make it astoundingly clear that the market is favoring newer van offerings such as the Ford Transit and, to a certain extent, the Ram ProMaster, over older van types such as the E-Series, Express and Savana.

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Sales Numbers - Full-Size Vans - November 2017 - United States

MODEL NOV 17 / NOV 16 NOVEMBER 17 NOVEMBER 16 YTD 17 / YTD 16 YTD 17 YTD 16
TRANSIT +47.07% 10,852 7,379 -11.68% 114,980 130,188
E-SERIES -4.48% 4,494 4,705 -0.20% 49,393 49,492
EXPRESS -14.26% 4,316 5,034 +4.36% 62,868 60,244
PROMASTER -45.66% 2,555 4,702 +3.87% 37,131 35,746
SAVANA +4.71% 1,712 1,635 +70.19% 27,725 16,291
NV +19.20% 1,422 1,193 +1.78% 16,220 15,936
TOTAL +2.85% 25,351 24,648 +0.14% 308,317 307,897

The full-size mainstream van segment, which includes passenger, cargo, and cutaway/chassis cab models, grew 2.85 percent in November and is relatively flat in the first 11 months of 2017 at 308,317 deliveries.

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Ford Authority founder with a passion for global automotive business strategy.

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