Commercial Van Sales In America – December 2017 and Year End

Best Selling Commercial Vans in America for December 2017

Here you will find the commercial van sales leaders in the United States for December 2017. Each month we compile the commercial van model sales data and reports for North American markets and analyze it to create the best selling list below.

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If you want more data, check out our last few months of data Commercial Van Sales in America – November 2017 or Commercial Van Sales in America – December 2016. Also check out our other Segment reports or dive deeper into commercial van Sales


Our Take On The Commercial Van Sales Numbers

A modest fall in commercial van sales of 2.9% follows an 11.1% drop YTD for the segment-leading Ford Transit to close out 2017.

The Transit fuelled last year’s 10% increase to make commercial vans the fastest growing sector back then. 2017 has been less fruitful for it, though it was still the Transit’s second-best year yet after officially going on sale in the USA for the first time in 2014.

After both cross-sections of this market posted strong growth in November, only small / midsize managed a meager 1.49% increase over December 2016, with the Ram ProMaster City, Chevrolet City Express and Mercedes-Benz Metris posting double-figure percentage growth year-on-year to balance out an 11.6% fall for the Ford transit Connect.

GM’s commercial full-size vans, the Savana and Chevrolet Express, both had tough months in December, but clung to year-to-date growth nonetheless.


Best Selling Commercial Van Rankings

Top Commercial Van Sales Figures – This Month

This sales table of shows the top commercial van sales performers in the United States, including their year on year growth rates both for the most recent month and year to date figures. Note that this table is sortable and that it fees the chart below. You can easily change the chart by filtering and sorting the below table.

For reference US = United States Sales for the month, US LY = Last Year’s United States Sales for the month, US vs LY = The Year on Year Growth Rate, YTD = United States Sales Year to Date, YTD LY = Last Year’s United States Year to Date Sales, YTD vs LY = The Year on Year Growth Rate.

Model US US LY US vs LY YTD YTD LY YTD vs LY
Ford Transit 12,380 13,056 -5.20 127,360 143,244 -11.10
Chevrolet Express 6,296 7,763 -18.90 69,164 68,007 1.70
Ford E-Series 3,911 4,753 -17.70 53,304 54,245 -1.70
Ram ProMaster 3,352 4,694 -28.60 40,483 40,440 0.10
Ford Transit Connect 3,973 4,493 -11.60 34,473 43,232 -20.30
GMC Savana 1,954 4,316 -54.70 29,679 20,607 44.00
Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 3,063 3,029 1.10 27,415 28,320 -3.20
Nissan NV200 1,574 1,538 2.30 18,602 18,523 0.40
Nissan NV 1,638 1,937 -15.40 17,858 17,873 -0.10
Ram ProMaster City 1,617 1,347 20.00 15,584 15,972 -2.40
Chevrolet City Express 923 729 26.60 8,348 7,019 18.90
Mercedes-Benz Metris 984 831 18.40 7,579 5,984 26.70
Ram Cargo Van 0 0 0.00 0 21 -100.00
Model US US LY US vs LY YTD YTD LY YTD vs LY
∑ = 41,665 ∑ = 48,486 ∑ = 449,849 ∑ = 463,487
Average 3,205.0 Average 3,729.7 Average -6.44 Average 34,603.8 Average 35,652.8 Average -3.62
Minimum 0 Minimum 0 Minimum -11.60 Minimum 0 Minimum 21 Minimum -0.10
Maximum 12,380 Maximum 13,056 Maximum 0.00 Maximum 127,360 Maximum 143,244 Maximum 44.00

Top Commercial Van Sales Figures – Chart

Below is a chart showing how the best selling commercial van stack up against each other in terms share of the top spots. Please note that this isn’t total market share for the total commercial van market, just how the top models stack up against each other. This chart is synched with the above sales table so you can sort and edit that table to see different cuts of the data in this chart.

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Commercial Van Sales Analysis – Year To Date

In this table we look at how the broad commercial van market is split into two major types of model types.

Model US US LY US vs LY YTD YTD LY YTD vs LY
Small / Midsize 9,071 8,938 1.49 84,586 90,751 -6.79
Full Size 32,594 39,548 -17.58 365,263 372,736 -2.00
Total 41,665 48,486 -14.07 449,849 463,487 -2.94
Model US US LY US vs LY YTD YTD LY YTD vs LY
  1. Automakers can redesign commercial Van as a Crossover with 3 rows of seats and 6 regular doors (3 right and 3 left) with passengers in each row having direct access to 1 right door and 1 left door which is a comfort factor. 2nd row passengers don’t need to wait for the 3rd row passengers to get in and similarly 3rd row passengers don’t need to wait for the 2nd row passengers to get out during boarding and de-boarding. With 3 passengers / row, it will be a 9 passenger vehicle.

    Besides extra security is there in case of an accident, as all passengers can quickly and directly exit using the doors on their side. Adding an AWD will be another security feature which allows the vehicle to travel in rainy / snowy weather and in muddy places.

    This will increase the cost for the frame and doors, but using shorter (in height) version, the cost can be reduced with the net increase being 0. And shorter (in height) version means less weight, less drag and more fuel efficient resulting in net decrease in overall cost of operation.

    If this is successful, later the company can add a 12 passenger Crossover using the shorter (in height) and longer (in length) version of their Van. It will have 4 rows of seats (3 passengers / row) and it will have 8 doors (4 right and 4 left).

    Currently if 12 or more passengers need to travel, a taller (in height) Vans are used which has only 1 door on the right side and so the vehicle has to be very tall to allow the passengers to stand and walk to the seat. Instead if they use the shorter (in height) version with more doors, there will be a tremendous savings in cost and also will be more fuel efficient by reducing the weight and drag.

    Vans like Ford-Transit, Ram-Promaster, Benz-Sprinter and Nissan-NV can be configure as 9 and 12 passenger Crossovers using shorter (in height) version and so it will have only 1 uplifting door in the rear.

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