Considering that Ford is the EU’s second commercial vehicle brand by sales volume, the four Transit vans currently available contributed a sizable chunk of the previously mentioned €584 billion. Commissioned by FoMoCo’s European division, the Centre for Economics and Business Research’s report highlights that vans are used in Europe for a very wide variety of businesses.
Online shopping transportation, waiting, plumbing, and plastering businesses, and more traditional industries (building, utilities, transport) make use of the van. As a prime example of the van’s backbone of business, the French registered 5,150,192 vans in 2014. France is followed by Spain with 4,601,790 registered vans. An interesting finding of the Centre for Economics and Business Research’s study tells that a million UK-registered vans traveled in 2014 the equivalent of driving 2.5 times around the world.
Because the UK-registered vans covered 102 billion kilometers driven in 2014, the study points out that €7 billion were collected from drivers in fuel duty alone. In the wake of the Transit’s 50th anniversary, we salute all the men and women that drive vans for a living and make our daily lives easier. For more info on the van's impact on the European economy, please refer to the release and infographics below.