The Ford Transit has long held the top spot among all full-size vans in the U.S., most recently closing out the fourth quarter of 2023 with a total of 28,814 units sold – a slightly decrease quarter-over-quarter, but good enough for a 30 percent year-over-year increase as the Transit grew its market share from 36 percent to 38 percent at the same time. Meanwhile, The Blue Oval has long been working to ramp up Ford Transit production at the Kansas City Assembly plant, though its output of that specific model did drop between October and November. That trend continued in December as well, according to Ford’s most recent sales report.
In November, a grand total of 14,466 Ford Transit models emerged from the Kansas City Assembly plant, which was just the seventh most of any month in the 2023 calendar year thus far. It also represented a month-over-month decrease of 2,921 units or 16.7 percent, bringing the Transit’s year-to-date production total up to 156,657 units.
However, rather than bouncing back in December, Ford Transit production actually decreased yet again – this time, to 13,644 units – which is 822 units or 5.6 percent fewer than the month prior. It also means that the popular van closed out the 2023 calendar year with a production total of 170,301 units.
Ford previously admitted that it underestimated demand for the Transit, which continues to outsell its competition by a large margin, and as such, it has been trying to catch up with that elevated demand ever since. In fact, the Transit is one of a select few, in-demand models that The Blue Oval has worked to ramp up production of in recent months, along with its EV counterpart, the E-Transit. To do so, the automaker invested $95 million in its Kansas City Assembly plant and added a third shift there last April.