While vans play a big role in the U.S. and its commercial entities, those types of vehicles are arguably even more important in Europe, where a recent study found that vans supported an estimated €786 billion ($784 billion USD) in economic activity across Europe in 2021, a staggering number that exceeds the gross domestic product (GDP) of Norway. That much is also clear from the sales charts, as the Ford Transit Custom recently held onto its title as the best-selling vehicle of any kind in the UK, and now, the Ford Transit lineup has finished the year as Europe’s top-seller, too.
The Ford Transit is no stranger to this position, however, as 2022 marks the eighth straight year that the large van has outsold all of its competitors in that particular region – which just so happens to be a new record. Last year, Ford Pro – the automaker’s dedicated commercial entity – recorded its highest-ever overall market share of 15 percent and also increased its share year-over-year in eleven countries – Britain, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Greece, Ireland, Portugal, Romania, Sweden, and Turkey.
In addition to the regular Transit, Ford Pro also found tremendous success with the Transit Custom, which was the best-selling one-ton van in Europe, in addition to topping the overall sales charts in the UK. In that particular country, the automaker extended its market leadership to a rather lengthy 57 consecutive years, too.
“Setting a new record of eight consecutive years of European market leadership demonstrates how much our commercial customers rely on Ford’s vans and pickups to deliver for their business,” said Hans Schep, general manager, Ford Pro, Europe. “As we roll out our unique platform of software, charging and services across Europe, we are determined to ensure Ford Pro remains our customers’ trusted partner for productivity.”