The Ford Transit has remained among America’s most popular vans for some time now, and as has been the case with other desirable Blue Oval models, that means this particular vehicle has been somewhat hard to come by. As a result, FoMoCo recently announced that it planned on ramping up production of not only the 2023 Ford Transit, but also a number of other models. The result of those efforts is already showing up, with a number of vehicles – including the refreshed 2023 Ford Escape and Lincoln Corsair crossovers and the Ford Maverick compact pickup. This was also true of the 2023 Ford Transit, which experienced a big boost in production last month, according to The Blue Oval’s latest sales report.
In May, Ford produced a total of 18,296 Transit vans, which is a whopping 75 percent more than the 10,480 it built in April. It’s also the most Transits that Ford has built in a single month this year so far, bringing the model’s year-to-date total to 71,600 units. Last month, the Transit also enjoyed a robust 35.1 percent increase in sales month-over-month – going from 8,350 to 11,282 units – and is up 54.4 percent year-over-year with sales totaling 52,703 this year versus 34,128 last year.
As Ford Authority previously reported, The Blue Oval is targeting an annual production increase of 38,000 units for the Ford Transit and E-Transit at the Kansas City Assembly plant following a $95 million dollar investment in that particular facility. It accomplished that by adding a third shift at the facility that same month, too.
The move comes at a time when the commercial van remains as popular as ever, outselling its rivals by a large margin in 2022, with the second-place Ram ProMaster falling nearly 40k units behind it as the Transit enjoyed a 37 percent share of the full-size van market in the U.S. last year.