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Ford Transit Connect Sales Continue To Dominate Segment In Q3 2020

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Ford Transit Connect sales decreased in the United States, while increasing in Canada, during the third quarter of 2020.

Ford Transit Connect Sales - Q3 2020 - United States

In the United States, Ford Transit Connect deliveries totaled 10,916 units in Q3 2020, a decrease of about 5 percent compared to 11,537 units sold in Q3 2019.

In the first nine months of the year, Transit Connect sales decreased about 20 percent to 25,241 units.
MODEL Q3 2020 / Q3 2019 Q3 2020 Q3 2019YTD 2020 / YTD 2019 YTD 2020 YTD 2019
TRANSIT CONNECT -5.38% 10,916 11,537 -19.59% 25,241 31,390

Ford Transit Connect Sales - Q3 2020 - Canada

In Canada, Ford Transit Connect deliveries totaled 1,067 units in Q3 2020, an increase of about 20 percent compared to 889 units sold in Q3 2019.

In the first nine months of the year, Transit Connect sales decreased about 8 percent to 2,457 units.
MODEL Q3 2020 / Q3 2019 Q3 2020 Q3 2019YTD 2020 / YTD 2019 YTD 2020 YTD 2019
TRANSIT CONNECT +20.02% 1,067 889 -8.05% 2,457 2,672

 Competitive Sales Comparison (U.S.)

Despite the 5 percent decline in sales volume, the Ford Transit Connect remained the best-selling vehicle in its segment, outselling the Nissan NV200 and Ram ProMaster City combined. However, the two Transit Connect rivals from Nissan and Ram both saw an increase in sales volume, while the Ford offering was the only model of the three to see sales fall.

Sales Numbers - Compact Vans - Q3 2020 - United States

MODEL Q3 20 / Q3 19 Q3 20 Q3 19 Q3 20 SHARE Q3 19 SHARE YTD 20 / YTD 19 YTD 20 YTD 19
FORD TRANSIT CONNECT -5.38% 10,916 11,537 58% 61% -19.59% 25,241 31,390
NISSAN NV200 +9.54% 4,775 4,359 26% 23% -10.89% 12,752 14,311
RAM PROMASTER CITY +1.48% 3,020 2,976 16% 16% -25.26% 7,438 9,952
TOTAL -0.85% 18,711 18,872 -18.37% 45,431 55,653

From a segment share standpoint, the Transit Connect held a 58 percent share, a decrease of 3 percent from Q3 2019. The Nissan NV200, which will be discontinued in the medium-term future, held a 26 percent share, up from 23 percent, while the Ram-branded Fiat van held a 16 percent share, identical to its segment share in Q3 2019.

The compact van segment contracted less than 1 percent to 18,711 units in Q3 2020, meaning Transit Connect sales underperformed the segment average.

2019 Ford Transit Connect Cargo Van 008

The Ford Authority Take

The numbers continue to speak for themselves: the Ford Transit Connect continued to dominate its segment during the third quarter of 2020, despite seeing a 5 percent sales drop, which we attribute to supply and availability issues associated with the coronavirus pandemic.

Transit Connect production at the Ford Valencia plant in Spain was down for about 60 days between the first and second quarters of 2020. Production of the van restarted in May, and we expect sales to see an uptick in the fourth quarter as availability improves. It’s also worth noting that Q3 2020 figures represented a substantial improvement in Transit Connect sales over Q2 2020, when only 6,760 units were delivered.

For the 2021 model year, Ford will discontinue the Transit Connect Taxi package, while also making a few minor changes to the compact van.

2019 Ford Transit Connect Cargo Van 003

About The Numbers

  • All percent change figures compared to Ford Transit Connect sales for Q3 2019, unless noted otherwise
  • In the United States, there were 77 selling days in Q3 2020 and 76 selling days in Q3 2019

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