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Old 10-04-2011, 05:00 PM   #1
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European Full-Size Ford Transit Van Confirmed for U.S., May Be Called T-250, T-450, and T-550




Businessfolk and van fans speculated for months, and a press release issued today by the UAW finally confirms that the full-size Transit van is coming to the U.S. The van will be “in-sourced” to the U.S. from Europe, meaning that Ford will move a portion of Transit production—it likely will continue to be built overseas as well—to a Ford factory in the States. According to the UAW, the Transit will be assembled at Ford’s Kansas City facility, which presently builds the F-150 and outgoing Escape. The new 2013 Escape will be built in Louisville, Kentucky, freeing up capacity in Missouri starting next year; factoring in retooling time, we’d expect to see American-built Transits rolling off the line by 2013.

We have also learned that Ford filed trademark applications for T-250, T-450, and T-550 this past week, a strong indication that these will be the names used for the Transit. Just as Ford dropped the old Econoline name from its current mega-van in favor of “E-series” a few years ago, we suspect the new Transit will wind up being called the T-series. This will also help avoid any confusion with the smaller, car-based Ford Transit Connect in Ford’s commercial-vehicle lineup. The trademark application describes the use of the monikers as being for ”motor vehicles, namely, vans and cutaway van chassis, and their structural parts; exterior insignia badges for motor vehicles.”

For its part, Ford itself isn’t yet ready to fully confirm that the Transit is coming to America. A spokesperson tells us that the E-series and Transit will be part of the company’s “global vehicle-platform approach,” the same philosophy that spawned global versions of the Focus and Fiesta. The spokesman added that Ford “fully recognizes that today’s E-Series customers in North America have differing needs from Transit buyers in Europe, Asia, and other markets.” We take that to signal some changes to the Transit for U.S. sale; you may recall that the Fiesta was similarly tweaked.

So how long until we get a Transit Sportvan like the one pictured above? A diesel-powered, manual-transmission van certainly is in the pantheon of coolest vehicles ever.


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Damn, those are pretty nice. Too bad they wont come like that, you got to picture them with no chrome, no stripes, no rims.
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still better then the E series vans
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I bet these would sell well in Japan. Freaking Hentai Van, lol.
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So how long until we get a Transit Sportvan like the one pictured above? A diesel-powered, manual-transmission van certainly is in the pantheon of coolest vehicles ever.
We'll never see that. We'll be lucky if there is a diesel at all. American customers have different needs than European customers. We're the country that discourages farming and promotes use of petroleum based non-degradeable plastics.
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I am curious to see how the Transit ends up being configured for the American market. It's nearest competitor globally has been the Sprinter, but it is replacing the age-old 'merican V8 RWD van. Are traditionalists going to go to Chevy/GMC instead, or will they learn to like the Transit? Or will Ford cram in huge engines in the Transit to fit American desires?? If they offer the labyrinthine maze of options and packages like the Sprinter but sell it for less, I would be interested (in a theoretical world where I run my own business). I priced out a base-model Mercedes Sprinter with a handful of options as I would purchase to run an appliance repair business -- it came to $42,000. For a cargo van. And that's with Mercedes importing them here as knocked-down "kits" to get around the 25% chicken tax.
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