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Ford Transit Sales Crush Ram And GM During Q1 2023

In the first quarter of 2023, Ford Transit sales increased in the United States, Brazil and Argentina, while decreasing in Mexico and Russia.

Ford Transit Sales - Q1 2023 - United States

In the United States, Ford Transit deliveries totaled 30,847 units in Q1 2023, an increase of about 87 percent compared to 16,493 units sold in Q1 2022.
MODEL Q1 2023 / Q1 2022 Q1 2023 Q1 2022
TRANSIT +87.03% 30,847 16,493

Ford Transit Sales - Q1 2023 - Mexico

In Mexico, Ford Transit deliveries totaled 422 units in Q1 2023, a decrease of about 58 percent compared to 1,000 units sold in Q1 2022.
MODEL Q1 2023 / Q1 2022 Q1 2023 Q1 2022
TRANSIT -57.80% 422 1,000

Ford Transit Sales - Q1 2023 - Russia

In Russia, Ford Transit deliveries totaled 519 units in Q1 2023, a decrease of about 48 percent compared to 1,005 units sold in Q1 2022.
MODEL Q1 2023 / Q1 2022 Q1 2023 Q1 2022
TRANSIT -48.36% 519 1,005

Ford Transit Sales - Q1 2023 - Brazil

In Brazil, Ford Transit deliveries totaled 819 units in Q1 2023, an increase of about 13,550 percent compared to 6 units sold in Q1 2022.
MODEL Q1 2023 / Q1 2022 Q1 2023 Q1 2022
TRANSIT +13,550.00% 819 6

Ford Transit Sales - Q1 2023 - Argentina

In Argentina, Ford Transit deliveries totaled 632 units in Q1 2023, an increase of about 93 percent compared to 328 units sold in Q1 2022.
MODEL Q1 2023 / Q1 2022 Q1 2023 Q1 2022
TRANSIT +92.68% 632 328

Ford Transit Sales - Q1 2023 - Chile

In Chile, Ford Transit deliveries totaled 305 units in Q1 2023.
MODEL Q1 2023 / Q1 2022 Q1 2023 Q1 2022
TRANSIT * 305 *

Competitive Sales Comparison (USA)

For Transit sales maintained first place in its competitive segment last quarter, up 86 percent to 32,015 units, vastly outperforming its competitors yet again.

The Transit was followed by the Ram Promaster, up 90 percent to 17,694 units, while The Blue Oval’s second offering in the segment, the Ford E-Series, nudged its way into third place with a 50 percent increase to 10,785 units. Meanwhile, the Chevy Express (see running Chevy Express sales) saw its sales slide three percent to 8,595 units last quarter, and finally, the GMC Savana (see running GMC Savana sales) rounded out last place, up 61 percent to 4,796 deliveries.

Sales Numbers - Full-Size Vans - Q1 2023 - USA

MODEL Q1 23 / Q1 22 Q1 23 Q1 22 Q1 23 SHARE Q1 22 SHARE
FORD TRANSIT +87.03% 30,847 16,493 42% 37%
RAM PROMASTER +89.69% 17,694 9,328 24% 21%
FORD E-SERIES +49.77% 10,785 7,201 15% 16%
CHEVROLET EXPRESS -2.99% 8,595 8,860 12% 20%
GMC SAVANA +60.67% 4,796 2,985 7% 7%
TOTAL +62.07% 72,717 44,867

In terms of segment share, Ford Transit sales dominated last quarter with 43 percent segment share, up five percentage points year-over-year. The Promaster gathered 24 percent share, up four percent points, while Ford E-Series sales accounted for 15 percent share, down one percentage point. The Express garnered 12 percent share, down seven percentage points, and the last-place Savana earned six percent share, down one percentage point.

Sales Numbers - Ford Full-Size Vans - Q1 2023 - USA

MODEL Q1 23 / Q1 22 Q1 23 Q1 22
FORD TRANSIT +87.03% 30,847 16,493
FORD E-SERIES +49.77% 10,785 7,201
TOTAL +75.71% 41,632 23,694

It’s also worth noting that both of Ford’s entries in the full-size van segment, the Transit and E-Series, saw cumulative deliveries of 42,800, enough to command an incredible 58 percent segment share. By comparison, Ford’s crosstown rival, General Motors, trailed in second place with 13,391 cumulative deliveries of its two offerings for 18 percent segment share.

Sales Numbers - GM Full-Size Vans - Q1 2023 - USA

MODEL Q1 23 / Q1 22 Q1 23 Q1 22
CHEVROLET EXPRESS -2.99% 8,595 8,860
GMC SAVANA +60.67% 4,796 2,985
TOTAL +13.05% 13,391 11,845

The full-size mainstream van segment, which includes passenger, cargo, and cutaway/chassis cab models, expanded 64 percent to 73,885 units in Q1 2023, meaning that Ford Transit sales outperformed the segment average.

The Ford Authority Take

It seems that FoMoCo has finally overcome the various supply chain issues that have made production of its most popular vehicles difficult, and the notable uptick in Ford Transit sales last quarter clearly indicate that things are looking up for The Blue Oval in terms of production. In fact, the automaker is currently working to ramp up production of the Transit at the Kansas City Assembly plant by adding a third shift, so we expect sales to continue trending upward as supply matches demand.

Not only is the Transit a good buy for retail customers, but it’s been recognized as having excellent value as a fleet vehicle as well. In fact, the van won the 2023 Best Fleet Value Award, earning high marks when it comes to measured lifecycle costs.

Additionally,  Ford Transit lineup gained the Transit Trail variant for the 2023 model year, which is an upfit-ready off-road-oriented van that caters to the van life and outdoor life enthusiast. We expect Transit sales to continue to be bolstered by this new variant as well.

About The Numbers

  • All percent change figures compared to Ford Transit sales for Q1 2022, unless noted otherwise
  • In the United States, there were 75 selling days for Q1 2023 and 75 selling days for Q1 2022
  • Sales numbers for the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van are not available, since the Mercedes-Benz Vans division does not break out sales by model. Requests to provide the sales data have been continuously declined.
Ford Motor Company Q1 2023 sales reports:

Alexandra is a Colorado-based journalist with a passion for all things involving horsepower, be it automotive or equestrian.

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Comments

  1. Thomas

    From what I understand you can’t get GMC Savannas and Chevy vans. People order them have not received them. Something is backing up here.

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  2. Bob Dobson

    Just wait for when the unsuspecting buyers of these Transits try and get parts that don’t exist and have these vehicles out of service for months if not years. Orders will start to get cancelled as people realize just how poorly sourced Ford’s supply chain is right now. It’s happening in Ford Police vehicles sales now.

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  3. Stillwaiting

    My new Transit has been on order since Sept. 30, 2021. No VIN yet. Who wants to wait that long that sales are this high?

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    1. Daniel

      If you read the article carefully, you will see that SALES and DELIVERIES are used interchangeably. Evidently Ford doesn’t classify an ORDER as a SALE until it becomes a DELIVERY.
      What I wish to see is a comparison of new orders vs. deliveries. That would show how quickly Ford is expected to catch up on their backlog of outstanding orders.

      Reply
  4. The Retired Viking

    SALES are one thing. Now, show DELIVERIES.

    Reply
  5. Doug

    No mention of Sprinter but do mention E-Series which isn’t even a van??

    Reply

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