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Ford number one again

Postby Mike » Tue Jan 08, 2019 7:19 pm

Proof that Ford vans aren’t as bad as some of the posts here would have you believe.

1. Ford Transit Custom – 54,806 sales

2. Ford Transit – 32,694

3. Volkswagen Transporter – 21,763

4. Mercedes Sprinter – 21,278

5. Vauxhall Vivaro – 19,232

6. Ford Transit Connect – 17,495

7. Ford Ranger – 16,440

8. Peugeot Partner – 15,056

9. Citroen Berlingo – 13,428

10. Peugeot Boxer – 11,731
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Re: Ford number one again

Postby Altransit » Tue Jan 08, 2019 7:44 pm

It's quite noticeable, how many Transits are out and about working for a living now. There was a time, before the Custom and Mk8 were announced, when it was quite hard to spot a Transit on the motorway, the big van market then, seemed to be claimed by Merc, VW and Iveco.
I've noticed that the local council are using more Transits, as are the rescue services.

It's just sad that Ford are only interested in the high volume markets, leaving those of us running 1-3 vans high and dry when it comes to competitive prices and priority servicing :? I wonder what those figures would be, if they actively sought out the small traders and offered them better deals and service :?:
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Re: Ford number one again

Postby bambi mk 1 » Tue Jan 08, 2019 8:13 pm

The warranty boys will be busy for a while :mrgreen:
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Re: Ford number one again

Postby ME » Tue Jan 08, 2019 8:32 pm

So there's 54,000 Customs and 32,000 Transits all in White and at Pauper Spec been sold into the hire company's and big fleet operators at cost + 5 % to get the sales. Lucky enough the big Hire firms do their own servicing as do the big fleet operators, because there's not a Cat in Hells chance the Ford dealers could deal with that lot :lol:
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Re: Ford number one again

Postby V184 » Wed Jan 09, 2019 10:04 am

Altransit wrote:It's quite noticeable, how many Transits are out and about working for a living now. There was a time, before the Custom and Mk8 were announced, when it was quite hard to spot a Transit on the motorway, the big van market then, seemed to be claimed by Merc, VW and Iveco.
I've noticed that the local council are using more Transits, as are the rescue services.

It's just sad that Ford are only interested in the high volume markets, leaving those of us running 1-3 vans high and dry when it comes to competitive prices and priority servicing :? I wonder what those figures would be, if they actively sought out the small traders and offered them better deals and service :?:


Last time i purchased one i got 34% off which is pretty good, would agree about the service
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Re: Ford number one again

Postby Mike » Wed Jan 09, 2019 10:11 am

V184 wrote:
Last time i purchased one i got 34% off which is pretty good, would agree about the service


I agree, purchasing has never been a problem, service is woeful though. But vote with your feet :D
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Re: Ford number one again

Postby hughesyn » Wed Jan 09, 2019 12:15 pm

Not withstanding the running costs and residuals (that drive fleet purchases), the Transit and Custom sell well because they are a good product.

The offerings from VW, Merc, Vauxhall and Citroen are old fashioned with horrible interiors.
Ford have realised that people want vans that look decent and have nice interior. It doesn't cost much to add a bit of style, but their competition don't seem capable.

I just looked at the new Sprinter, it's a nightmare.
There are no standard trim levels, everything is an option.
You have to choose about 50 options to get a half decent van.

Still, properly specced, I might be interested in the Sprinter crew cab to replace my mk8 in a few years time.
Got a feeling it will be so expensive though, once you add the toys, so I will go with Ford again.

I thought it would be a winner because of the 4x4 option, but you can only get a 4x4 AWD Crewcab with 5 tonne GVW, which is a shame.

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Re: Ford number one again

Postby man le-mans » Wed Jan 09, 2019 9:44 pm

Last time i purchased one i got 34% off which is pretty good, would agree about the service[/quote]

I was lucky to get 36% in late December 2017 but I see this December just gone the same company are only doing 30%.
Personally I don’t think you can go wrong with a Transit for the spec and cost. I but you would probably pay over 30k for a like for like Merc or VW
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Re: Ford number one again

Postby V184 » Thu Jan 10, 2019 5:28 pm

man le-mans wrote:Last time i purchased one i got 34% off which is pretty good, would agree about the service


I was lucky to get 36% in late December 2017 but I see this December just gone the same company are only doing 30%.
Personally I don’t think you can go wrong with a Transit for the spec and cost. I but you would probably pay over 30k for a like for like Merc or VW[/quote]

i think it really depends what you need the vehicle for 30k a year ok but serious mileage no unless you have backup, the two week cycle for a repair is totally unacceptable
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