In an automotive world that utilizes unusual and sometimes un-spellable names, Ford has chosen the simplistic 'Transit' for their new, next-generation full-size commercial van. The Ford Transit will offer two wheelbases, three body lengths, and three different roof heights.
The first Ford Transit rolled off the assembly in at the Kansas City Plant on the last day of April 2014. It was greeted with applause by over 2000 new employees as well as numerous company and governmental officials. Joe Hinrichs, Ford's President of the Americas, and Missouri Governor Jay Nixon headed up the celebration. It was announced that this is a $1.1 billion dollar investment that will bring more jobs to the greater Kansas City area.
Joe Hinrichs, Ford's President of the Americas, said, “Producing our Built Ford Tough Transit lineup in Kansas City is a big deal for the local community. Our investment in Kansas City Assembly Plant for Transit production is about delivering world-class commercial vans for a new generation of commercial customers.”
The Transit is intended to replace the E-Series van by Ford, which was first introduced as the Econoline van back in 1961. Transit is not really a 'new' vehicle because it was introduced in Europe in 1965 and is currently sold in 118 markets around the world.
The high-roof Transit offers 81.5 inches of interior cargo height and sufficient headroom for a 6 foot 8 inch person to stand upright. With a few of the configurations available, the Transit offers as much as 75 percent for cargo room that the largest E-Series van. The standard engine is the 3.7-liter I-5 but Ford's popular 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine will also be available.
The 2015 Ford Transit is expected to begin arriving at dealerships and to fleet customers in the next few months into the summer. Ford Motor Company is promoting this new 2015 Transit commercial van as a 'Game-Changer', but only time can tell results in the automotive industry.