Sales of new-model full-size commercial vans rose more than 11% in 2014 as several manufacturers transitioned to European-style vans and phased out less fuel-efficient models.
Truckinginfo.com reported that total sales rose to 288,378 units for 2014, an 11.4% increase from the 258,823 units sold the prior year. Full-size vans have been in growth trend, increasing each year since 2010. The platform is also used in production of Class B motorhomes.
Ford sold the most full-size vans in 2014 on the strength of its existing E-Series and its 2015 Transit, which began shipping to dealers in June. Ford has led van sales in the U.S. since 1979, according to the company.
Ford sold 103,263 E-Series vans and 20,448 Transit vans for a 42.8% share of the market segment. Ford closed the year out on a high note by selling more than 10,000 Transit vans in December, according to Ford.
Ford also sold more than 40,000 Transit Connect compact vans in 2014.
“We are seeing a resurgence in the van market as customers increasingly take advantage of the versatility, efficiency and low cost of ownership of Transit and Transit Connect,” said Yaroslav Hetman, brand manager for Ford’s van trio. “December was an exciting month for us, as we sold more vans in the United States than in any single month since June 1999.”
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