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Ford to Offer Pair of Cutaway Van Models Through 2019

September 15, 2014

Photo of Transit cutaway courtesy of Ford.
Photo of Transit cutaway courtesy of Ford.

Ford will offer cutaway van models of its E-Series as well as its 2015 Transit, but doesn't view the move as competing with itself, because the offerings compete in different weight classes.

Ford is phasing out its venerable E-Series cargo and passenger van this year to make way for Transit models it has sold in Europe for nearly five decades. Ford will continue to produce the E-450 cutaway in addition to introducing a Transit cutaway. Ford will offer the two versions until the end of 2019, Chris Brewer, the vehicle's chief engineer, told Automotive Fleet during a Sept. 11 visit with editors.

The two cutaways are complementary offerings because they offer different GVWR ranges. The E-450 cutaway accommodates up to 14,500 pounds, while the Transit cutaway accommodates up to 10,360 pounds, Brewer said.

Ford is offering its Transit in 58 configurations in cargo, passenger, cutaway, and chassis cab models with three body lengths, two wheelbases, and three roof heights.

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  1. 1. Robert Webster [ September 15, 2014 @ 12:58PM ]

    No FORDS for me..ever, My last 3 spent more time in the shop than on the road. Ford lost out, big time, since I am a Fleet Buyer.

  2. 2. Joshi [ September 15, 2014 @ 09:47PM ]

    Robert, What would you recommend to small fleet owner. Now I have 2 Nissan NV-200 but need something bigger. Please advise

  3. 3. Anthony Bulygo [ September 17, 2014 @ 05:03PM ]

    It is unfortunate that the full size transit is too light weigh to replace the E450 in Ambulance full dress. Over the next few years, I believe that Ford will see the light and produce a much needed direct replacement for the E450 by upgrading the new full size Transit to heavier carrying capacity and provide the option for the "Liquid Spring" rear suspension at the factory level. Time will provide the answer

  4. 4. Ken Larsen [ September 18, 2014 @ 09:36AM ]

    Yes the ambulance issue is a biggie. I manage afleet of them and have to forecast what we are going to do. From what I understand though is that Ford is working on replacing the E450 with a heavier Transit chassis. Time will tell.

 

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