May 2019 – The Best-Selling Commercial Vans In America

The GCBC Analysis

Getting an accurate picture of commercial van sales in America is tough. Ford and GM are major players in this segment and both companies no longer report monthly. 

With that said, the segment seems to have had one of its tougher months. From the sales data we do have, we can see that there are a few hundred fewer sales than this month last year. However, the YTD numbers look strong, with roughly 11,000 more units being sold. 

The drop in sales was due to the Ram ProMaster and Mercedes-Benz Sprinter both saw double-digit percentage drops in sales. All other models saw sales increases for the month of May. YTD every model we have sales data for saw sales increases. This suggests future months will see sales increases. 


Commercial Van Rankings

Commercial Van Sales Figures – This Month

Model Month Month LY Change YTD YTD LY YTD Change
Ford E-Series 4,335 3,907 10.95 18,884 21,781 -13.30
Chevrolet Express 8,073 0 0.00 32,285 19,774 63.27
Mercedes-Benz Metris 810 682 18.77 3,460 2,246 54.05
Nissan NV 1,829 1,702 7.46 7,830 6,695 16.95
Nissan NV200 1,825 1,691 7.92 8,215 8,083 1.63
Ram ProMaster 3,651 4,092 -10.78 20,775 13,366 55.43
Ram ProMaster City 1,216 1,011 20.28 5,784 5,249 10.19
GMC Savana 3,564 2,389 49.18 13,218 9,575 38.05
Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 1,872 2,419 -22.61 9,400 9,041 3.97
Ford Transit 15,474 15,513 -0.25 60,726 57,879 4.92
Ford Transit Connect 4,092 3,249 25.95 16,579 12,330 34.46
∑ = 46,741 ∑ = 36,655 ∑ = 197,156 ∑ = 166,019

Commercial Van Sales By Size

Segment Month Month LY Change YTD YTD LY YTD Change
Full Size Commercial Van 38,798 30,022 29.23 163,118 138,111 18.11
Small Commercial Van 7,943 6,633 19.75 34,038 30,015 13.40
Total 46,741 36,655 27.52 197,156 168,126 17.27

Commercial Van Sales by Quarter

Important note: Both Ford, GM and FCA have switched to quarterly reporting, making it more difficult to accurately gauge sales. We won’t have results to report for Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, Ford, Lincoln, Jeep, Chrysler, Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Dodge and Ram until the end of each quarter.