New Zealand LCV - - CONTENTS -

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!

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