August 9, 1965 is the day a legend was born in Langley, England. Now, over 50 years later, the Ford Transit Van is not only the favorite cargo van available in Europe (it’s the best-selling cargo van in the U.K. since 1984), but globally.
It’s place in America first began 36 years ago with the introduction of the Ford E-Series van models in 1961. It wasn’t until 2014 that the Ford Transit was introduced in America, but it quickly became America’s best selling van as a replacement for the E-Series.
Even China is happy with the Transit, which started production in that region back in 1997, in partnership with Jiangling Motors Corporation. In fact, the Transit Kombi – the latest Chinese model – started production in September of this year.
Ford Media Center quotes Raj Nair, Ford’s executive vice president of Global Product Development, as saying that, while other manufacturers typically offer their van lineups regionally, Ford created a global van architecture in the Transit that allows for customization for regional needs.
Transit’s success now has it embedded as the top selling commercial cargo van in the United States, holding 40% of the nation’s sales in the segment through September 2016 (compared to 36% of those sales for all of 2015). Industry sales reports even show that the Transit now knocks the nation’s best-selling minivan out of the water.