Ford Europe is the only light commercial vehicle maker that doesn't have a joint venture to produce at least one of the models in its European lineup.
Ford doesn't need a partner because of the Transit. Ford sold 143,000 Transits and a total of 230,000 light commercial vehicles in Europe last year.
The Transit's strength is its flexible platform. Ford offers three wheelbases, plus the Transit comes in a lighter, front-wheel-drive variant as well as the more traditional rear-wheel-drive version for larger, heavier variants.
The Transit and its smaller sibling, the Transit Connect, also do not share a platform with a Ford passenger car.
"Our Connect is not car-derived, as are some rival models in the market," says Peter Fleet, Ford Europe's director of marketing, sales and service for commercial vehicles. "Any Transit is purely engineered for commercial vehicle use."
Peter Fleet, Ford Europe's director of marketing, sales and service for commercial vehicles, wouldn't discuss how low Ford's volume would have to be to force it into a partnership.