The onslaught of competition in the small and large commercial-van sectors in the U.S. is proving not much of a challenge to Ford, WardsAuto data shows.

A number of players have entered the groups in recent years with the goal of challenging the Blue Oval brand, but first-quarter results show the longtime No.1 seller of commercial vans is making as much or more progress as its competitors.

While Nissan was able to increase sales of its NV200 small commercial van 60.1% to 3,880 units through March, making it the group’s No.2 seller, sales of Ford’s Transit Connect rose 52.7% from year-ago to 11,345 units.

That gave Ford a 7,465-unit lead over Nissan in Q1 2015, up from a 5,008-unit advantage in Q1 2014.

The Transit Connect was introduced in 2009 in the U.S. and until recently had the small-commercial-van sector virtually to itself.

Therefore it’s not surprising new entrants shrank Ford’s market penetration in Q1 2015 vs. Q1 2014.

Through March, the Transit Connect had a 55.5% share among the five commercial vans in WardsAuto’s Small Van segment, down from 63.9% in like-2014.

The biggest beneficiary of the Ford van’s share decline through March was the just-introduced Chevrolet City Express, built by Nissan on the NV200 platform and which already holds a 9.1% market share.

The Ram ProMaster City accounted for 3.5% of small commercial van sales in first-quarter 2015.

The two new models also took a bite out of the shares held by the NV200 and Ram Cargo Van.

The NV200’s Q1 penetration dipped to 19.0% from 20.8%, while the aged Ram Cargo Van, based on Chrysler’s minivan architecture and due to be phased out at the end of ’16, saw its share slip to 12.8% from 15.3% in Q1 2014.