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Fun With Numbers: Transit Sales Compared



While we only have 2 months of legitimate volume I feel that's enough of a sample to at least begin the conversation.

Ford Transit US Sales:

August: 1099
September: 1225

Sprinter US Sales:

August: 1880
September: 2208

Promaster US Sales:

August: 1658
September: 1408

NV US Sales:

August: 1227
September: 1061


Essentially selling at the same clip as the Nissan, although again, we're still early in the program. One thing to consider is that the Econoline cab and chassis are still being sold alongside the Transit. For context the E-Series took home 6702 sales in August and 5549 in September. How much potential volume has been snapped up by the E-Series?

Are there still withheld configurations that could be holding demand back as well?

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Sprinter pulled in some great numbers, but i'm thinking that's partially due in part to how long it has been around for and the history of it that people have to work off of while in the process of getting it.
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I don't think you'll be able to compare numbers until early next year. There are just too many startup issues:

1. Delivery problems. Rail lines slow and special rail cars are limited.
2. Lots of availability problems on several options.
3. Limited production of Wagons.
4. Long lead time from order to delivery.
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Let's also remember for most company's swapping out the bins and racks out of the old Econoline into a new one is cheaper than outfitting a new Transit. Transit sales will not explode until the remaining Econlines are sole off.


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L...Transit sales will not explode until the remaining Econlines are sole off.
That happened log ago in my area. I haven't seen an E-Series on the lot all year.
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Do the sprinter numbers also reflect sales of cutaways? I will be interested in seeing the numbers in three years once MB has a plant here and ford has fully ironed out supply. I am hopeful that we will see more competition to drive better overall products.

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Great information Del, and although it is early with the Promaster and Transit in the market. Both are showing strong numbers compared to the Sprinter. If you combine the Ram and Ford numbers, which the Sprinter people will do. The numbers are extremely strong for taking serious market share by Ford and Ram. Thus, Mercedes-Benz recent announcement of searching for a North American based production facility to manufacture the Sprinter Vans. Currently, the Sprinters are disassembled, shipped over in cargo containers, and reassembled in SC. Mercedes-Benz has to do it this way currently to avoid the 25% per vehicle Tarif that would be assessed if they came to the US as completed vehicles.
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