DEARBORN/AMSTERDAM - The future of Ford vans was revealed last month at the Go Further event in Amsterdam. Next year, the all-new Ford Transit full-size van and Transit Connect compact van will start sales in North America.
Transit is set to replace Ford’s E-Series van, America’s best-selling van for 33 years, while Transit Connect is the second-generation version of the small van that pioneered the segment in North America.
In step with its global predecessors Ford Fiesta, Ford Focus and Ford Fusion – Transit was developed under the One Ford global product strategy to meet customer needs in North American, Europe and other global markets. It will be built around the world, including Kansas City, Mo., where Ford is investing U.S. $1.1 billion to assemble Transit at the same facility in which Ford F-150 pickup trucks roll off the line today.
“These new vans will carry more, work harder, last longer and cost our customers less to operate,” said Kevin Koswick, director, North American Fleet, Lease and Remarketing Operations. “The unprecedented launch of two all-new Transit family models will extend Ford’s leadership in serving commercial vehicle customers around the world.”
A new model on American shores
Building on more than 50 years of experience in producing market-leading commercial vans, the all-new Transit will bring new levels of capability and versatility.
Transit will offer a wide range of wheelbases and roof heights in both cargo and passenger versions to meet the diverse needs for commercial customers.
North American customers will have several rear-wheel-drive engine options to choose from, including the proven 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 and a powerful diesel option. Overall, Transit will achieve at least 25 percent better fuel economy compared to similar E-Series vans, because of its advanced gas and diesel powertrains and smart weight savings that will trim at least 300 pounds.
On the inside, Transit will tout a modern, ergonomic interior as well as advanced connectivity technology. Features like SYNC®, 911 Assist®, rear view camera and driver assist technologies will be available options.
Moving from old to new
The Transit will become available to customers in late 2013, but to assist customers during the transition, E-Series cargo and passenger vans will continue to be built through 2014. For a period, both vans will be sold side by side at Ford dealers, and E-Series cutaway and stripped chassis models will continue production through most of this decade.
Transit Connect, new for a new year
Available with a variety of wheelbases, the all-new Transit Connect will offer customers a flexible and functional cargo area, with a host of innovative features to enhance everyday productivity.
Transit Connect will feature two capable and fuel-efficient gasoline engines.
The interior has a stylish cockpit with car-like design and craftsmanship, and also will offer the latest technologies and driver assist features.
“Our new global Ford Transit products will be totally fit for purpose,” said Koswick. “These are the strongest, most capable and most efficient commercial vans we have ever built. This is the start of a new chapter in the Transit success story.”