Ford’s New Transit Van Making Mark in U.S.
Ford sold the first 490 2015 Transit commercial vans in June in the U.S. It is a significant milestone for the European full-size van that is being built and sold in North America for the first time.
Today, local media get behind the wheel of the new vans for a test drive.
The Detroit Free Press reported that the Transit is offered with a choice of three roof heights, two wheelbases, three bodytlengths and a gasoline or diesel engine.
Ford spent $1.1 billion to retool its Kansas City plant where almost 5,000 workers on three crews now make the vans. They will also make the new F-150 next year. The plant used to make the Ford Escape.
The van has traditionally been built and sold in Europe but has been brought to the U.S. where it will replace the long-standing Econoline van which will be gradually phased out. Ford will continue to sell the E-Series cutaway and stripped chassis and has been working with fleet customers for a couple years to prepare them for the switch from the boxy E-Series to the Euro-styled Transit.
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