What Makes the Ford Transit So Popular?
Following in the shoes of one of its longest-running workhorses, the E-series, Ford Trucks released the Ford Transit. A powerful light-duty van which opened up a world of opportunities for businesses of all shapes and sizes. As one of the most versatile and customizable offerings on the market, it is no wonder the Ford Transit is so popular.
A Staple Commercial Vehicle
The Ford Transit has become extremely popular in the commercial market. Amongst many reasons, its offering of vast utility without an open bed, or the associated MPG penalties of a heavy-duty diesel truck take the cake. From florists and bakeries to official state and federal vehicles and shuttle services, the Transit’s custom specs make it a stable in the commercial market.
Available with your choice of three roof heights, three lengths, two wheelbases and three powerful engines, the Ford Transit has the versatility to handle any type of business. Plus, with its ease of upfitting and customizability, the Transit will be able to keep up with your business’s changing needs.
Powerful Under the Hood and in the Cab
The 2020 Ford Transit features two new engines to choose from. The first is a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel engine and the second is a 3.5-liter V6 gasoline engine. Both of the new engines are combined with Ford Trucks’ 10-speed automatic transmission. Upgraded power specs like these provide more towing and hauling capabilities for businesses of all kinds.
In addition to its powerful engines, the Transit also features expansive tech. There is a suite of safety technology known as the Co-Pilot360, which helps drivers operate the vehicle more safely and confidently and includes automatic emergency braking. The Ford Transit is also standard with forward collision warning with automatic braking, pedestrian detection, post-collision braking, lane keeping assist and automatic high-beam headlights. For entertainment on long rides, the Ford Transit also gets FordPass Connect, which includes a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot that can connect to up to 10 devices. More importantly, FordPass Connect integrates a telematics system for fleet operators, making the Ford Transit inherently ready for your fleet business.
One of the biggest reasons the Ford Transit is so popular is its customizability. The Transit requires fewer modifications to the structure of the van to accommodate customized details. Overall, the vans are also safer and require less custom work than its competitors. This means the Ford Transit is extremely “upfit-friendly” in that the companies utilizing the van don’t have to worry as much about the upfit compatibility when fitting their Transit for their business.
Expansive Dealer Network
If the sheer number of Ford Trucks dealerships available wasn’t enough to build confidence in owning a Ford Transit (675 dealers nationwide), the fact that any of these dealers can work on the vehicle should be. All Ford dealers are able to service the Ford Transit, even ones with heavy modifications by upfitters. This makes it easier and faster to get the vehicle fixed than with a competitor’s van.
The Ford Transit is the best-selling cargo van in the world. With its powerful hauling capabilities, ease of customizability and its strong dealership network and upfitter support, it’s easy to see why this van rules the road. If you are interested in learning more about the Ford Transit, or are in need of service for your current Transit, give Nextran Truck Centers a call. With 16 locations across the Southeast, we’re here to keep you moving forward.