Ford Starts 2015 Transit Van Production

Supported by 2,000 new employees and a $1.1 billion investment, the all-new Ford Transit van rolled off the line at Kansas City Assembly Plant on April 30, as Ford aims to strengthen its leadership in the commercial vehicle segment.

On sale this summer, Ford’s next-generation full-size van family will provide tradespeople and businesses with increased capability and innovative new configurations in the growing commercial vehicle market.

It is another example of the company’s One Ford strategy to serve customers with world-class vehicles leveraging global assets, including common platforms. The move results in bringing new jobs to the greater Kansas City area.

In North America, the Transit eventually will replace America’s best-selling van for 35 years, the E-Series van, first sold in 1961 as Ford Econoline. E-Series vans and wagons still will be available and sold side-by-side with Transit into the 2014 calendar year, providing a seamless transition for Ford customers. Additionally, the E-Series cutaway and stripped chassis will continue to be built and sold through most of the rest of the decade.

The Transit was introduced in Europe in 1965 and has been the best-selling commercial van in the UK for 49 years. Transit is currently sold in 118 markets on 6 continents.

The Transit will be available in 3 body lengths, 2 wheelbases on van and wagon and 3 roof heights; in van, wagon, chassis cab and cutaway body styles; and in XL and XLT trim levels, offering more choices than ever from a Ford commercial van vehicle.

The new Transit van offers as much as 13,7 m3 of cargo volume and 2,100 kg of maximum payload capacity – more than competing vans from General Motors and Chrysler. The Transit van delivers a maximum towing capacity of 3,445 kg.
The Transit comes standard with a 3.7 l V6 engine and offers the 3.5 l EcoBoost®, and the 3.2 l Power Stroke® diesel as an option. Each engine is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission for efficient rear-wheel-drive operation.

Source: Ford Motor Company

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