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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…)

Ford Planning Diesel for New Transit Van

Maker also putting emphasis on CNG and LPG.

by on Mar.28, 2012

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

Ford Motor Co. says it expected to boost the fuel economy of its large work vans by 25% when it migrates to an all-new design next year.  A key reason for what is a spectacular increase in a traditional staid segment is Ford’s decision to go with several alternative powertrain packages.

The European-designed Transit van will be offered with both a turbocharged EcoBoost powertrain, Ford officials say, but will also be available with a new high-mileage diesel option. That, plus other efficiencies designed into the all-new Ford Transit should yield an average mpg number about a quarter higher than the old Econoline model, also known as the E-Series.

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The Transit is the latest step in the maker’s migration to its so-called One Ford strategy.  The goal is to hold down costs – and deliver more content to consumers – by sharing product designs on a global basis.  In the past, the E-Series was offered in North America and a few other select markets, while Europe and most of the rest of the world shared the previous version of the Transit.

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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.

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