FoMoCo – like all automakers – has faced its fair share of supply chain constraints over the past two-plus years, which isn’t ideal for vehicles that remain in high demand. As such, the automaker chose not to open 2023 Ford Bronco order banks to new customers, and also pushed many 2022 Ford Maverick orders to the 2023 model year, too. Now, sources familiar with the matter have told Ford Authority that some 2022 Ford Transit Connect orders have been canceled, too.
This applies to certain 2022 Ford Transit Connect retail and dealer stock orders, with the company citing supplier shortages as the reason behind the move. In terms of allocations, Ford dealers will have all of their 2022 slots returned to them for the 2023 model year, though the impacted orders will have to be reordered as 2023 model year vans.
As Ford Authority reported back in May, the 2023 Ford Transit Connect won’t be an all-new model, even though it’s been in production since the 2013 model year, though it did undergo a mid-cycle refresh for the 2019 model year. However, the 2023 Transit Connect is ditching its optional 2.5L I-4 engine and is now only available with the the 2.0L I-4. Bigger changes lurk on the horizon, as the next-generation Transit Connect has been canceled for the U.S. and will live on in Europe, where the redesigned 2022 Tourneo Connect was recently revealed as a rebadged Volkswagen Caddy with the same drivetrain options and output.
The Transit Connect is currently the top-selling small van in the U.S., and most recently, enjoyed a significant 80 percent share of the compact van market in the U.S. This is nothing new for the popular van, however, which has routinely dominated its segment for some time now. However, small van sales have been in decline for a while, and are down 15 percent through 2022 thus far.