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Ford Begins Transit Van Production

April 30, 2014

Photo courtesy of Ford.
Photo courtesy of Ford.

Ford Motor Co. has begun producing its 2015 Transit full-size vans at its Kansas City assembly plant as its E-Series replacement and one of the most hotly anticipated commercial vehicles.

The first Transit vans rolled off the assembly line today, as Ford celebrated the economic benefits of the vehicle's production to the commercial vehicle market and the local community. Ford invested $1.1 billion in the plant and added 2,000 jobs.

"Our investment in Kansas City Assembly Plant for Transit production is about delivering world-class commercial vans for a new generation of commercial customers," said Joe Hinrichs, Ford's president of The Americas.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon called the Transit a "historic investment in Missouri." Ford plans to produce about 134,000 units annually, according to Anthony Piaza, Ford's assistant brand manager for the vehicle.

Photo courtesy of Ford.
Photo courtesy of Ford.

The order bank for the van opened in early March for fleet purchasers, and the first Transit vans will arrive in June. The Transit will be offered in 62 configurations, including three roof heights, two wheelbases in van and wagon, and three body lengths.

Initial versions of the long wheelbase Transit will arrive with a high and medium roof. The van will be offered in the XL and XLT trim levels.

Ford will offer three engines with the Transit, including the standard 3.7L V-6, the 3.5L EcoBoost V-6 offered with the F-150, and a 3.2L inline five Power Stroke diesel engine. The engines are paired with a six-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive.

At the NAFA Institute and Expo earlier this month, Adrian Steel showed two Transit vans equipped with its upfit products. Adrian Steel has opened a Kansas City operation to accommodate fleet demand for the van.

Photo courtesy of Ford.
Photo courtesy of Ford.
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  1. 1. Bill Beames [ April 30, 2014 @ 12:49PM ]

    Jay Nixon is the Governor of Missouri

  2. 2. Patrick Sullivan [ April 30, 2014 @ 11:27PM ]

    Where is the E Series? Electric Vehicle EV? What a great chance for Ford to release an Electric Motor Powered Delivery Truck. It passed up the chance with the Award Selling F150. It must be long past the time for Ford to have CNG Trucks, and EV Trucks. I can not image where they think the Petrol/Diesel will come from in the future, and at what price will it be sold at per Liter/Gallon? This New Plant in Missouri could have included an Electric Solution. Nisan have this plan, does Ford know less about EVs or more about the GHGs Climate Change, Future Oil Supplies than Nissan? Forward Thinking? Doesn't look that Way?

  3. 3. Alex Wise [ May 01, 2014 @ 06:14AM ]

    It is great to see an American company investing in the domestic production of a world class product. Good job Ford!

  4. 4. J Steere [ May 01, 2014 @ 01:11PM ]

    Patrick - get a grip, the world isn't coming to an end ... Ford does offer alternative fuel engines; E-85, LPG, CNG. The reason you don't see an EV truck or van is that it's not practical yet - trucks and vans need payload and battery technology isn't there ... yet. (oh - almost forgot - Ford EV vehicles; C-Max, Fusion, Focus ... ) In the meantime I don't think we'll run out of petro anytime soon - or CNG for that matter. Take a deep breath, smile and rejoice that an American auto company is at the forefront of providing the next generation of high-efficiency engines and powertrains. BTW - where do you think all the electricity comes from? Certainly not windmills. I think Ford should be congratulated not demeaned because it doesn't worship at the alter of GHG Climate Change. If you want to pick on someone - may I suggest China ....

  5. 5. M Lemke [ May 02, 2014 @ 10:53AM ]

    J Steere, thanks for the reality check. I have been involved with the solar industry for the past 4 years as a raving fan and major integrator but your energy comments are square on. We have been looking fwd to the Ford Transit to replace our Mercedes Benz Sprinter fleet. The MB is a great workhorse but overpriced. My first test sit in the Ford Transit met all my hopes except for 1 glaring peeve. Why did Ford insist on keeping the right leg transmission bump? Was it E-series nostalgia? Any of my guys over 5’-8” or on the heavy side curse the right leg bruising from this drivers space intrusion. The younger guys pull the safety card on it every time. Ford I love your product but please give the bump back to the 1970’s. Go FORD!


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