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Transit Connect Aimed at Keeping Ford Tops in Truck Market

Replacing an old workhorse.

by on Dec.17, 2012

The 2014 Ford Transit will replace the maker's aging commercial workhorse, the old Econoline.

Contrary to what Wall Street believes fleet and commercials customers represent a vital and profitable part of the automotive business and Ford Motor Co. plans to use its “One Ford” strategy to nail down more of that business in the U.S. and abroad.

The maker has formally unveiled the all-new U.S. version of its Transit and Transit Connect vans – and with the exception of a “Wagon” version of the smaller model, the target market will be fleets and individual commercial buyers, such as contractors, florists, plumbers and caterers.

Keep on Trucking!

Joe Hinrichs, Ford’s new president of the Americas, said the all-new 2014 Ford Transit full-size van will be the critical replacement of the maker’s durable Econoline van, also known as the E-Series, which was last redesigned in 1992.


Ford Investing $630 Million In Turkish Expansion

Transit van will supplement U.S.-made E-Series.

by on Oct.11, 2010

Popular in many parts of the world, the Ford Transit van will arrive in the U.S. in 2014.

Ford Motor Co. plans to invest $630 million to improve and expand operations at a plant in Turkey that will, among other things, begin supplying vans to the U.S. market, starting in 2014.

The Ford Otosan joint venture operation, in Kocaeli, Turkey, generates $3 billion in export revenues annually, the company reports, making it one of Turkey’s biggest sources of export revenue.

The 50-year-old joint venture with Turkey’s Koc Holding is one of the oldest in the auto industry and their Kocaeli operation along currently employees 6,150.

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The factory’s exports are now shipped to more than 60 countries, and for 2014 it will add the U.S. to that list.  Ford currently relies on the domestically-produced E-Series van for both consumer and commercial applications, but it reportedly will use the more fuel-efficient Transit as a replacement for some of those markets.

That is forcing the maker to try to find an alternative product to produce at its plant in Avon Lake, Ohio.