MARKET VIEW: LIGHT-TRUCKS
The month in light-truck sales and stories.
THE FOLKS AT FORD NEW Zealand are frustrated. At last they have an automatic gearbox option for the Transit van – both models, the mid-sized Custom and the big Cargo.
But global demand means the numbers of self-shifting Transits arriving in Aotearoa, a market where the automatic gearbox rules, are small.
Which means Ford NZ is unsure about the model mix, though its gut feeling is that the auto will dominate – to the extent that it will phase out manual Transits this year.
However, until it gets supply right, and with limited numbers of autos coming in, the sales ratio is reportedly about 60 to 70 percent automatic over manual.
“We know the demand is overwhelming for automatics,” says a Ford spokesman.
If Ford could just get hold of them! Watch Ford’s Transit sales jump again when it finally can.
Ford’s Transit delivery van is great. Now if they could just deliver them!