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Ford Transit Sales Increase 5 Percent To 31,842 Units In Q1 2019

Ford Transit sales increased in the United States and in Mexico during the first quarter of 2019.

Ford Transit Sales - Q1 2019 - United States

In the United States, Ford Transit deliveries totaled 31,842 units in Q1 2019, an increase of about 5 percent compared to 30,351 units sold in Q1 2018.
MODEL Q1 2019 / Q1 2018 Q1 2019 Q1 2018
TRANSIT +4.91% 31,842 30,351

Ford Transit Sales - Q1 2019 - Mexico

In Mexico, Ford Transit deliveries totaled 828 units in Q1 2019, an increase of about 48 percent compared to 558 units sold in Q1 2018.
MODEL Q1 2019 / Q1 2018 Q1 2019 Q1 2018
TRANSIT +48.39% 828 558

Competitive Sales Comparison

Ford Transit sales were strong during the first quarter of 2019, posting a growth just shy of 5 percent, which allowed the model to maintain a segment share of 38 percent. The results enabled the Transit to remain the best-selling vehicle in its competitive set, beating out the likes of the Chevrolet Express (see Chevy Express sales), the Ram ProMaster (see Ram ProMaster sales), Ford E-Series (see Ford E-Series sales), the Nissan NV, and the Chevy Express’ twin – the GMC Savana (see GMC Savana sales).

While the Transit did see sales volume increase, it was outpaced by the Ram ProMaster, which climbed at a very impressive rate of more than 106 percent, as well as by the GMC Savana and Nissan NV.

Sales Numbers - Full-Size Vans - Q1 2019 - United States

MODEL Q1 19 / Q1 18 Q1 19 Q1 18 Q1 19 SHARE Q1 18 SHARE
FORD TRANSIT +4.91% 31,842 30,351 38% 38%
CHEVROLET EXPRESS -12.94% 17,215 19,774 20% 25%
RAM PROMASTER +106.27% 13,319 6,457 16% 8%
FORD E-SERIES -22.33% 10,791 13,893 13% 18%
NISSAN NV +19.61% 4,507 3,768 5% 5%
GMC SAVANA +36.88% 6,566 4,797 8% 6%
TOTAL +6.58% 84,240 79,040

It’s also worth noting that both of Ford’s offerings in this space, the Transit and E-Series, saw cumulative deliveries of about 43,000 units, accounting for 51 percent of the segment during the quarter. Meanwhile, Ford’s crosstown rival – General Motors – trailed in second place with about 29 percent market share, as Chevy Express and GMC Savana sales deliveries totaled less than 24,000 units.

The full-size mainstream van segment, which includes passenger, cargo, and cutaway/chassis cab models, expanded nearly 7 percent in Q1 2019.

The Ford Authority Take

Transit sales simply blew away the competition during the quarter, outselling all rivals and accounting for almost 40 percent of the country’s full-size van sales volume. The next best-selling offering, GM’s archaic Chevrolet Express (see Chevy Express sales), sold about half as many units.

We expect the Ram ProMaster to remain a worthy competitor, but – for the time being – the Transit commands a very substantial lead in terms of sales volume and market share. We imagine that Ford will continue to dominate the segment into the future, especially with the electrified Transit models on the horizon. Specifically, Ford has plans for an all-electric Transit as well as a Transit PHEV. At the time of this writing, both models have been announced only for European markets, and not for North America.

About The Numbers

  • All percent change figures compared to Ford Transit Q1 2018 sales
  • In the United States, there were 76 selling days in Q1 2019 and 76 selling days in Q1 2018

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  1. Raymond Ramirez

    A change of sales pace is not a good measurement of a market. If one brand sold 100 one month and sells 200 the next month, that is a 100% sales gain. Yet if another brand sold 10,000 one month and sold 10,100 the next month, that is a only a 1% gain. Which is better?

    The Ford Transit sells more because it is the best vehicle for passenger and light cargo needs. I have taken rides in a passenger Transit and it is incredibly easy to climb in and out (I am 6 feet tall). An electric Transit will be a great selling version.


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