American Businesses Turn To Ford Vans As Economy Grows; Ford Vans Are Top Sellers In 47 States

  • More than half of commercial van customers in the United States in the first six months of 2015 bought a Ford van – Transit, Transit Connect or E-Series
  • Ford is the fastest-growing brand in the commercial van market, driving 80 percent of the segment’s growth in the first half of 2015, according to Ford analysis of new vehicle registrations from IHS Automotive
  • Top-selling commercial van in 47 states is a Ford van

DEARBORN, Mich., Sept. 9, 2015 – Growing businesses are increasingly turning to Ford commercial vans, making Ford the largest and fastest-growing manufacturer of commercial vans in the United States in the first half of 2015, according to Ford analysis of IHS new vehicle registrations through June.,

Ford vans have been America’s best-selling commercial vans for 36 years, helping businesses transport equipment to job sites, shuttle passengers to their destinations and more. The new Transit, which went on sale just last summer, can be converted to serve as emergency response vehicles, food trucks and mobile dog grooming studios.

Businesses can choose from 58 vehicle configurations with the introduction of a dual sliding door option on the 2016 Transit van, meaning the vehicle with the most configurations in its class just got even more flexible.

“Transit customers appreciate the van’s flexibility because it can enable them to right-size their vehicle to the needs of their vocation.” says Yaro Hetman, Ford brand manager for Transit, Transit Connect and E-Series. “There are 12 ship-through upfitters located within 30 miles of Kansas City Assembly Plant, making it easy and fast for customers to design their Transit vans to serve their business requirements.”

Transit sales success has led Ford to capture 56 percent of the U.S. commercial van market as of June 2015 – up from 48 percent in June 2014, according to IHS new commercial vehicle registration data.

Commercial van sales are increasing as the U.S. economy is growing, and Ford vans drove 80 percent of growth in the segment in the first half of the year, according to Ford analysis of IHS data.

Ford commercial van sales increased 28 percent January through June, while the segment overall grew 11 percent.

Ford vans are top sellers in 47 states, according to Ford analysis of IHS data. Those 47 states represent 99.09% of the U.S. population.

Ford Transit became the best-selling full-size van in America just six months after it went on sale, replacing America’s best-selling van for 35 years, E-Series, first sold in 1961 as Ford Econoline. For the 2015 model year, Ford produced more than 100,000 Transit vans, wagons, cutaways and chassis cabs at Kansas City Assembly Plant.

Ford Transit Connect, America’s small commercial van pioneer, has been on sale since 2009 and has reigned as the country’s best-seller in the segment for the last five years. Transit Connect leads the small commercial van segment with 69 percent share and is on pace to have another record year, with commercial sales up 43 percent in the first half of 2015.

Ford’s All-New Focus RS Sprints To 62 MPH in 4.7 Seconds and Hits 165 MPH

  • All-new 2016 Ford Focus RS sprints from 0-62 mph in 4.7 seconds and reaches a maximum speed of 165 mph
  • Fastest-ever Ford RS model will start at $36,605 featuring Ford Performance All-Wheel Drive and a projected 350 horsepower and 350 lb.-ft. of torque from its 2.3-liter EcoBoost® engine
  • Innovative Focus RS offers drive modes – including industry-first drift mode – along with launch control; customer deliveries of high-performance hatchback start in North America in spring 2016

DEARBORN, Mich., Sept. 16, 2015Ford Motor Company’s all-new Focus RS will sprint from 0-62 mph in 4.7 seconds – making the high-performance hatchback the fastest-accelerating RS model yet.

Focus RS – powered by a specially engineered version of Ford’s new 2.3-liter EcoBoost® engine producing projected 350 horsepower and 350 lb.-ft. of torque – will reach a top speed of 165 mph.

For North America, Focus RS pricing will start at $36,605.

The all-new 2016 Focus RS optimizes acceleration by introducing launch control technology to a Ford RS model for the first time. Focus RS also debuts new Ford Performance All-Wheel Drive with Dynamic Torque Vectoring – for outstanding traction and grip with dynamic agility and cornering speed.

“The all-new Focus RS will bring the legendary nameplate to a new generation of global customers for the first time,” said Dave Pericak, director, Ford Performance. “Focus RS delivers stunning performance and innovative technology at a price that will make both enthusiast consumers and premium automakers look twice.”

Focus RS launch control configures the car’s chassis and powertrain systems to deliver the fastest possible acceleration – in various track conditions. The driver selects launch control from the cluster menu, engages first gear, applies full throttle and releases the clutch. The system then delivers optimum drive – including distributing torque through the all-wheel-drive system, maintaining maximum torque using the turbo overboost function, managing traction control and setting the dampers.

To achieve maximum acceleration through the gears, a performance shift light in the instrument cluster alerts the driver when approaching the optimum upshift point of 5,900 rpm, and flashes if the engine hits the 6,800-rpm limit.

Ford Performance All-Wheel Drive uses twin electronically controlled clutch packs to manage the car’s front/rear torque split, and can control side-to-side torque distribution on the rear axle – delivering the torque vectoring capability that produces a dramatic impact on handling and cornering stability.

The all-wheel-drive system monitors inputs from multiple vehicle sensors 100 times per second. To deliver optimum driving dynamics, the system was calibrated alongside the car’s advanced electronic stability control, in particular, its brake-based Torque Vectoring Control that works in parallel with torque vectoring all-wheel drive.

Focus RS drivers can select from four different drive modes that configure the all-wheel-drive system, damper controls, electronic stability control, steering and engine responses, and exhaust sound to deliver optimum performance in road or circuit driving conditions. Normal, sport or track settings are available, along with a special drift mode to help the driver achieve controlled oversteer drifts at the track.

The new 2.3-liter EcoBoost shares its fundamental structure with the all-aluminum four-cylinder EcoBoost in the all-new Ford Mustang. The engine is significantly upgraded to improve power by more than 10 percent. It features a new low-inertia twin-scroll turbocharger with larger compressor, enhanced air intake design, and a large-bore high-performance exhaust.

Developed by a team of Ford Performance engineers in Europe and the United States, the all-new Focus RS is the third-generation Focus RS – following models launched in 2002 and 2009.

Ford Performance serves as an innovation laboratory and test bed to create unique performance vehicles, parts, accessories and experiences for customers. The group’s work in aerodynamics, light-weighting, electronics, powertrain performance and fuel efficiency can be applied more broadly across Ford’s product portfolio.

The 30th car to wear the legendary RS badge, Focus RS will be built in Saarlouis, Germany, and is one of 12 new performance vehicles Ford will bring to customers globally through 2020 as part of a new era of Ford performance. Ford expects delivery to North American customers in spring 2016.

Ford Trucks Own Work: How The F-Series Has Helped Own Work Throughout History And Today

DEARBORN, Mich., Sept., 7, 2015 – In recognition of the Labor Day holiday honoring the achievements of American workers, Ford Motor Company is highlighting how Ford Trucks have helped our customers build a better world for nearly a century.

There’s a reason why Ford trucks own work. Ford’s involvement in some of the most challenging work projects in U.S. history demonstrates why Ford F-Series trucks have earned the trust of America’s hardest workers as the toughest, smartest and most capable trucks on the road.

More than any other heavy-duty pickup in the market, Ford F-Series is trusted by tradesmen to get the job done. Some statistics include:

  • 81.7% of workers in the waste management industry use Ford Super Duty;
  • 78%  of government workers use Ford Super Duty;
  • 53.7% of highway and street construction workers use Ford Super Duty;
  • 72.7% of electric services workers use Ford F-150;
  • 61.2% of water, sewer and pipeline construction workers use Ford F-150; and
  • 56.3% of crude petroleum and natural gas workers use Ford F-150 to get the job done.

But it takes more than statistics to tell this story. Ford’s reputation is based in its Built Ford Tough promise to customers.

Mario Sinacola and Sons, a successful excavation contractor, is using a fleet of F-Series to build the new Dallas Cowboys Headquarters in Frisco, Texas (commonly referred to as “The Star in Frisco”). The fleet ranges from the all-new Ford F-150 – Ford’s toughest, smartest, most capable F-150 ever – to the Ford F-750.

“We’ve had good luck in regards to the reliability of Ford trucks and we have a lot of history with Ford. We also like that we can be consistent from F-150 up to F-750 throughout our fleet,” said Lynn Vanlandingham, VP of Equipment Operations, Mario Sinacola and Sons.

When complete in the fall of 2016, the new Dallas Cowboys development will feature a practice stadium and multi-use special event center, two outdoor practice fields and a full headquarters facility for the Cowboys. The Star in Frisco is part of a multi-billion dollar development.

“The Cowboys organization has a longstanding partnership with Ford Motor Company,” said Stephen Jones, Chief Operating Officer, Dallas Cowboys. “It’s great to know that the workhorse of Ford, the F-150, is helping in the building of the future home of the Dallas Cowboys.”

The Ford F-Series line of trucks has also owned work on a diverse mix of some of the most important infrastructure projects in U.S. History:

Building the Hoover Dam: In 1931, when work began on the greatest hydraulic construction project ever – the Hoover Dam – workers on the project relied heavily on Ford trucks for their toughness and strength. According to Ford archives, estimates of materials to be hauled for the project include 5.5 million barrels of cement, 5 million cubic yards concrete masonry, 15 million pounds of hydraulic equipment, 40 million pounds of electrical equipment, nearly 20 million pounds of gates and valves and 30 million pounds of reinforcing steel.

At the Edge of the Arctic: The Alaska Road Commission used Ford trucks to help build and maintain more than 2,000 miles of road and 70,000 miles of trails. Ford trucks often took on soft, thawing ground, hauled rock, gravel timber or dirt, pushed graders and worked on scores of other necessary jobs. In 1939, a loaded, two-ton Ford V-8 truck could easily make the 370-mile run from Valdez to Fairbanks – via gravel roads – with an average speed of over 20-mph.

Fort Peck Dam Construction: In 1933, Near Glasgow, Montana, construction began on Fort Peck Dam across the Missouri River. At the time, this was the world’s largest earthen dam (containing some 123 million cubic yards of earth). During construction, Ford V-8 trucks hauled 14 million yards of earth to clear a path.

Powering Los Angeles: Ford trucks were put to work in the late 1930s on the construction of the Hoover Dam Transmission Line that would power the city of Los Angeles for the next 100 years. Concrete mixing equipment mounted on Ford trucks made possible speedy pouring of concrete foundations for the towers. Trucks were driven from tower to tower, and winch gear units mounted on Ford V-8s hoisted the towers. Even a portable service station rode a V-8 and supplied fuel to other field equipment strung across the desert.

History repeats itself, and the hardest workers choose Ford trucks. This is why Ford owns work.