Ford Transit Best-Selling US Van In December
Ford may soon have a new member in its royal family, as the 2015 Transit is asserting its dominance upon Flower Shop Lane.
Autoblog reports the Blue Oval moved 20,488 2015 Transits in 2014, half of which — 10,030 — were sold to plumbers, caterers and hotel shuttle fleets in December. In that same month, the Chevrolet Express took second on the podium with 5,611 sold, while the outgoing Ford E-Series — the current king of Flower Shop Lane with 103,263 units sold in 2014 — took third at 5,256.
Ford representative Mike Levine took to Twitter to express his joy at the news, dubbing the Transit a “game changer.” Per an interview with the publication, Levine cited his employer’s commitment to its customers’ needs, as well as the vast configurability of the Transit and its smaller sibling, the Transit Connect.
AutoPacific auto industry analyst Dave Sullivan added that the van’s lower base price — in comparison to competitors like the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter — also helped in winning the sales game for December. However, he warns the Transit will have a major challenge ahead this year, as it will have to take up the throne abdicated by E-Series.
I am eager to drive a T250 chassis cab. If it drives well, it will be equipped with a flatbed to replace a '99 F350 flatbed. Payload numbers of the Transits are impressive. Sprinter makes nothing in a C&C below 10,000 GVW. When the time comes, we will look hard at a Transit to replace the '06 Sprinter passenger van. Our experience with poor paint and transmission issues with the Sprinter in 150K will trump the merits of its great handling.
Is Flower Shop Lane a meme I don't know about? Who coined this term? Can we just say "small businesses" instead?
Saw my first Transit the other day. Tall roof version, extended length (who knows?). Surprisingly sharp looking thing in refrigerator white. Kinda wish I still drove a van for a living.
Can I get a circle window and some modern shag carpeting? I actually like this to pull a smallish camper.