Ford has a gushing press release out on the US’ first month of Transit Connect sales; and a booming small business economic sector! You know things are a bit dicey when a survey saying “9 percent of small business owners plan to hire additional staff within the next three months” gets its own big bold bullet point. That nine percent planning to hire means that the other 91% plan to either hold pat or let employees go. Ouch, those are bad numbers.
Even so, the Transit Connect has had a strong opening month in the US with relatively little promotion. Ford claims that the vehicles are spending less than ten days in dealer inventory before going to permanent homes. Interestingly, while the Chicago region reported the strongest Transit Connect business user sales, Southern California led in personal use sales. Los Angeles area “dealers report sales to a diverse range of hobbyists needing extra space to efficiently haul everything from show dogs to motor scooters.” Chicago gets down to business while SoCal goes out to play. Sounds like everything is back to normal in America again. We just needed a Turkish trucklet to get us on our way.