Ford models like the F-Series and Explorer have been the best-selling vehicles on the planet and the Transit family can also lay claim to be the best-selling line-up of cargo vans in the world. According to IHS Markit’s global new vehicle registration data for calendar year-end 2015, nearly 400,000 Transits were registered worldwide, including Malaysia.
“We are focused on building on our clear global leadership in trucks, vans and commercial vehicles,” said Raj Nair, Ford Executive Vice-President, Global Product Development, and Chief Technical Officer.
“While other manufacturers only offer their van line-ups regionally, Ford has cracked the code on developing global van architecture that can be customized to regional needs,” he explained.
Besides making Ford the top-seller of commercial cargo vans in the US market with a 40% share, the Transit is also building on a legacy of 50+ years in Europe, where it has been the best-selling van in its segment in the UK since 1984. In the past 25 months, Ford has seen its commercial vehicle market share grow from 10.8% to 12.9% in Europe, based on data from IHS Markit.
This makes Ford the No. 1-selling commercial vehicle brand in Europe for the first time in 18 years, thanks to continued growing demand for its completely new and expanded Transit range – including the Transit, Transit Custom, Transit Connect and Transit Courier.
The Transit is also the best-selling nameplate in the light bus and van segment in China, on track to become the best-selling nameplate there for 2016, based on data from China Insurance Information Technology Company. Ford is expanding its Transit line-up in China as part of its relationship with Jiangling Motors Corporation, which started in August 1995, with the first vehicle produced there in December 1997. Production of the all-new Transit Kombi started in September this year.
Ford’s commercial cargo van legacy began when the first Transit left the production line in England on August 9, 1965. It was a tough and reliable vehicle and very quickly became a favourite in Europe. More than 8 million Transit and Transit Custom vehicles have since been built, as the range grew from a single model more than half a century ago to an entire family of commercial cargo vehicles. Based on Ford’s sales and production data, a customer buys a new Transit every 180 seconds on average.
The Transit is the only Ford model currently assembled in Malaysia. It was the first model chosen by Ford to resume local assembly (at the Inokom plant in Kedah) in 2014 after a lapse of 6 years. It is popular with government agencies because of its high roof and spacious interior as well as a high level of safety equipment.
To locate a showroom to view or purchase a Transit, visit www.ford.com.my.
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