As Ford Authority reported yesterday, the Ford Transit is currently the fastest-growing commercial van in Brazil, just over a year after that model originally launched there. As of this past September, Ford had already sold a total of 1,000 Transit vans in the South American country as its market share has grown to as much as 17 percent in recent months, impressive totals given the fact that the model just entered production in Uruguay at a new plant built in partnership with Nordex. Now, The Blue Oval is set to launch a variety of new Ford Transit variants in Brazil as that model continues to gain traction in the market.
Those new variants include a version of the best-selling van equipped with Ford’s 10-speed automatic transmission, which is due in the first half of 2023, the chassis cab variant, which will follow in the second half of next year, and the all-electric E-Transit, all of which will be joining the van, passenger van, and minibus versions that are already on sale. All three of the new models are currently on display at the Fenatran – International Road Freight Transport Show in São Paulo.
The first new variant will mark the first time a Transit sold in Brazil will be available with an automatic transmission, and it will be offered in both minibus and long van configurations. It will be followed by the chassis cab, which will be available in two different versions with varying payloads, while the all-electric E-Transit will launch in a van-only configuration for now.
“The van segment is expanding, mainly with changes in consumer buying habits and e-commerce, which had a jump of almost 70 percent in Brazil in 2020 and advanced another 30 percent in 2021,” said Rogelio Golfarb, vice president of Ford South America. “The new versions of Transit will put us in important subsegments in which we do not operate today, including the chassis that represents 40 percent of the van market, to expand the participation of the line.”