Van Sales Are on Fire! Ford Transit, Chevy Express, Ram & Nissan Grow By At Least 25% (Q3 Sales Report)

Van-life craze is great for van manufacturers.

Ford Transit Big Nugget RV Westfalia
Ford Transit Big Nugget RV by Westfalia

Big van sales are growing in a big way. The Ford Transit is still leading the pack in sheer numbers, but every full-size van manufacturer is enjoying better sales in the United States. Surely, the #vanlife craze has a lot to do with this.

This sales report is focused on Q3 2019 for full-size vans in the United States. However, sales of other midsize vans and mini-vans are also doing very well.

Ford sold nearly 44,000 Transit last quarter, which is a 25.2% improvement over Q3 of last year. The aging Chevy Express and GMC Savana vans also improved by a significant amount. Chevy Express has an especially successful Q3 with 26% sales growth. The Ram ProMaster grew by about 30% in the quarter.

The Nissan NV improved the most with a 51.6% growth. Not to be forgotten, the Ford E-Series is still in the hunt. Ford is positioning the E-Series as a commercial van chassis option with heavier gross vehicle weight capability than the Transport. The E-Series is still a popular choice for shuttle busses and RV/Motorhome builders. For 2020, the E-Series is also getting the new 7.3-liter gas V8 engine.

Check out all the numbers below.

Full-Size SUV Sales – Q3 2019

Q3 2019Q3 19/18 %YTD 2019YTD 19/18 %
Ford Transit43,87625.2%116,9839.9%
Chevy Express22,06226.0%60,8053.6%
Ram ProMaster14,58930%41,30131%
Ford E-Series9,875-10.6%32,226-11.8%
Nissan NV6,14051.6%15,67627.5%
GMC Savana5,0214.3%21,09025.7%

*Mercedes-Benz reports Sprinter full-size and Metris midsize van sales together/combined, and we cannot separate the two at this time. In the month of September 2019, Mercedes sold 4,569 Sprinter and Metris vans. This was 2.7% more than in September 2018.

Here is a look at a Ford Transit turbo-diesel van that has been converted into a family RV on a budget.