Ford commercial van sales taking off

Ford Motor Company June 2014 U.S. sales of 222,064 vehicles declined 6 percent from a year ago, but sales of Transit Connect posted a best-ever sales month, following record sales in May

Transit Connect sales totaled 4,573 vehicles – a 29 percent gain over 2013. Retail sales increased 55 percent, with strong sales coming from Transit Connect Wagon.

“Transit Connect sales were up 30% and retail Transit Connect sales were up 55%, what’s really helping that out, is the Transit Connect Wagon, as we’re starting to see more and more of these vehicles get into the hands of consumers, we’re finding that consumers really like the Transit Connect Wagon,” Ford Sales Analyst, Erich Merkle says. 

Deliveries of Ford’s all-new Transit van began at the end of June, with total sales of 490 vehicles in fewer than two weeks on dealership lots. 

F-Series has sold 365,825 units in 2014. 60,560 last month.

“It didn’t come as a surprise, simply because when you start taking a look at what we’re having to do with F-Series, we’re having to manage our inventory today, so we have to maximize our production output and grow our inventory volume, so we’re pulling back on some of our F-Series spend, which creates a lower number,” Merkle says of F-Series sales. “F-Series was down about 11 percent, but that is by design so that we can allow our inventories to actually increase between now and the fall as we go into the change over and we take down our plants for the change over to the all-new F-150.”

““We have to make sure that we have higher levels of inventory as we go into the change-over. So F-Series along with a pull-back in our daily rental volumes is going to place a little bit of weight on our sales as we go through the remainder of this year.”

June 2014 was best sales month ever for the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor. In a shift in fuel economy strategies, the high horsepower “sport truck” outsold the Chevy Volt last month.