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Ford Transit Helps Conquer Commercial Truck World

New van comes in 58 different configurations to suit everyone.

by on Jul.09, 2014

The 2015 Ford Transit can be configured 58 different ways, including two wheelbases, to allow it to meet the needs of the commercial vehicle market.

Over the years, the Ford Motor Co. has outflanked its rivals by quietly conquering the world of work.

In the U.S., roughly 41% of the vehicles used for commercial purposes. It’s a broad category that includes airport shuttle vans as well as vehicles used by government agencies, mining companies, energy companies, and at construction sites and on farms, are now built by Ford. In addition, 20% of all vehicles sold around the world are used commercially so staying on top is a strategic priority for the company.

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So Ford has invested $1.3 billion dollars in the development of a replacement for the big commercial E- Series van, which, with few changes, has been a mainstay of the Ford fleet for a half-century, and the best-selling commercial van used by plumbers, contractors and companies that offer delivery service of various kinds. (more…)

First Look: Next-Generation Ford Transit, Transit Connect Vans

New commercial vans – and passenger version – revealed.

by on Sep.06, 2012

Ford's new Tourneo Connect is a European passenger van that Americans will soon see in the form of the next-generation Ford Transit Connect.

Ford has big global plans for its next-generation vans, both the big Transit model and the smaller Transit Connect, giving the world a first look during a preview in Amsterdam this morning.

The Transit Connect, already on sale in the U.S., will get a complete makeover next year, Ford announced. So will the bigger Transit – which is scheduled to make the jump from Europe to the U.S., late next year, replacing Ford’s long-in-the-tooth E-Series van.

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Currently, the Transit Connect available in the U.S. market targets commercial users, from plumbers to caterers.  But when the new version of the van makes its debut as a 2014 model, a new passenger version will be added and sold in the U.S. as the Transit Connect Wagon, Ford officials confirmed.


First Look: Ford Tourneo Custom Concept

Geneva preview to hint at E-Van replacement.

by on Feb.22, 2012

Ford will unveil the new Tourneo Custom Concept van in Geneva. A heavier-duty version, the Transit, will migrate to the U.S. market in 2013.

As part of its One Ford strategy, Ford Motor Co. is rapidly shifting from regional product development to a line-up of global products like the new Fiesta, Focus and Fusion models.  The maker will take the next step forward when it unleashes the Ford Tourneo Custom Concept at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show.

The Tourneo Concept is a thinly-disguised prototype for the next-generation Ford Transit van.  That’s not to be confused with the smaller Transit Connect which the maker introduced in the U.S. market two years ago.  The bigger Transit will soon replace the long-lived Ford E-Van that has become the staple for plumbers, delivery services, shuttle bus operators and just about anyone else who has to haul people and equipment.

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Decidedly more modern than the aging E-Van, the Tourneo Concept is a one-ton light-duty passenger van.  It adopts a commercial version of the so-called Kinetic Design styling language that struck a responsive chord when used to reshape the 2013 Ford Fusion sedan.


Ford Econoline Celebrates 50 Years

The evolution of an American workhorse.

by on Dec.13, 2010

Celebrating 50 years, the Ford Econoline.

You’d never know it today, when more than half the new vehicles sold are classified as trucks, and therefore command proper attention from both the media and the regulators, but half a century ago, the media and the general public paid little attention to the workhorses of the roadways.

In 1955, the big volume year of automotive production in the post-WWII decade, US factories produced 9,190,875 vehicles, of which 1,259,016 or 14 percent were trucks and buses.  (In case you wondered, in that year Japanese factories turned out a total 165,000 vehicles including those classified three-wheeled,” and West Germany, 847,097.)

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The big media attention in 1959 focused on the forthcoming compact cars from the Big Three, 1960-models Ford Falcon, Chevrolet Corvair and Plymouth Valiant.

But in the summer of 1960, on the eve of the 1961 model introduction, there was a sleeper: the introduction of box-like small trucks from both Ford and Chevrolet, based on the powertrains and chassis of their 1960 compact sedans.