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Ford’s share of European medium van market highest in a decade

The new Ford Transit Custom has sold more than 25,000 units across Europe this year - 8,200 of them in the UK.Ford achieved its best share of the medium van market in Europe for more than a decade during the first nine months of 2013, selling 106,800 Transit and Transit Custom models.

This is based on Ford's traditional 19 European markets (Austria, Belgium, Britain, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland).

The company sells a new medium van across the continent every four minutes.

Ford's European medium van segment share through September 2013 grew to 14.3%- an increase of 1.4 percentage points compared with the same period in 2012 and the highest level since 2002, based on Ford analysis of Polk registration data.

In September 2013 alone, Ford's share of the medium van segment - including one-tonne and two-tonne commercials up to 3.5 tonnes gross vehicle mass - reached 16.8%, up 1.1 percentage points over September 2012, and the company achieved its best September share since 2001.

The Ford Transit is in its 48th year as the UK commercial vehicle market leader and Ford's share of the medium van segment, in which it competes, is more than double that of the nearest competitor at 31.7%, up 1.0 percentage points over last year.

The new Ford Transit Custom has sold more than 25,000 units across Europe this year - 8,200 of them in the UK.

Ford UK medium van sales:

Year

no. of sales

UK medium van segment share (%)

2002

60,105

31.9

2003

72,078

33.2

2004

77,672

31.5

2005

72,378

29.7

2006

77,030

29.9

2007

75,586

30.3

2008

68,817

31.8

2009

45,690

33.9

2010

49,712

32.4

2011

61,232

32.4

2012

55,259

30.7

2013 (so far)

53,685

31.7


 


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  • Steve Dobson (Motor Industry Network) - 04/01/2014 10:56

    The reality that comes out from these figures is that the UK mid-van market collapsed by about 40% in 2009 showing the impact on businesses of the Banks' Collapse. Ford's share of this slowly recovering market has remained the same through to Autumn 2013. One would forecast its significant decline from now on, as the company has ceased UK mid-van assembly (marking the complete closure of UK now, after a 110 years manufacturing presence in Britain). Businesses have significantly turned to the remaining UK mid-van assembler: General Motors whose Vivaro, Trafic and Primastar ranges under the Vauxhall, Renault and Nissan badges are assembled by GM-IBC at Luton.

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