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Ford previews 2014 Transit and redesigned Transit Connect

New full-size Ford van to boost fuel economy over current E-Series

By AutoWeek Dec 15, 2012 9:54AM

2014 Ford Transit (© Ford Motor Co.)

 

 

 

Ford has introduced its new family of Transit vans. The full-size, futuristic Transit will join the smaller Transit Connect to fulfill all your hauling needs.

 

The Transit will arrive with a choice of three body lengths, two wheelbases and three roof heights. In its maximum passenger-carrying specification, the Transit will carry 15 people. It will be offered in van, wagon, chassis cab and cutaway versions.

 

Engine choices will include Ford's 3.7-liter V6, the EcoBoost V6 and a new 3.2-liter Power Stroke diesel. The 3.7-liter V6 will also be offered with a natural gas/liquid propane kit, to assist customers in making the conversion. The same engine is also optimized for E85. All engines work with a six-speed automatic transmission.

 

The interior of the Transit can be decked out with racks, bins, shelving and other storage spaces, while the driver and passenger are treated to Ford's SYNC system, navigation and MyFordTouch.

 

The full-size Transit will go on sale in the fall of 2014.

 

2014 Ford Transit Connect (© Ford Motor Company)The revamped Transit Connect, which now sports the nose from the Ford Escape, will offer two four-cylinder engines, a 2.5-liter and a 1.6-liter EcoBoost option. The 2.5 can also accept the natural gas prep package. Again, six-speed automatic transmissions are standard.

 

The Ford Transit Connect is offered in two wheelbase lengths, in XL and XLT trims, with a 1,600-pound payload and 130 cubic feet of cargo space. A second row of seats is optional.

 

The Connect comes standard with MyKey, which allows owners or fleet administrators to limit maximum speed and radio volume, while Ford Work Solutions Crew Chief package is optional. That system enables bosses to monitor the vans in real time, including location, speed and excess idle time.

 

The 2014 Ford Transit Connect will go on sale at the end of next year.

 

-- Jake Lingeman

 

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7Comments
Dec 16, 2012 5:17AM
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The new diesel Transit will be a HUGE hit with commercial fleets across America whose only viable option now is the gasoline powered Econoline or expensive Mercedes Sprinter diesel. I would look to companies like FedEx buying these by the dozen.
Dec 17, 2012 10:37AM
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The Transit Van will be built here to avoid the 25% “Chicken Tax” on imported trucks. 

To Saleen367; you forgot about the Chevy and GMC vans.

Dec 17, 2012 10:12AM
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Troy, the same reason why Toyota, Honda, BMW, Hyundai and others source parts from out of the U.S. and ASSEMBLE their cars here in the U.S.  Better yet, why some of these foreign transplants setup foreign suppliers and camouflage them as :"American". 
Dec 15, 2012 7:52PM
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Will these new vans be built in America with American parts or partially assembled in America?

 

Dec 18, 2012 7:41PM
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Sarduci,

 

I've toured several plants and have seen first hand where the import companies who build there vehicles in America get there part from suppliers that are local. The truck drivers bring them in from out of state, sometimes from Michigan, Ohio, California, Indiana, Pittsburgh and Texas to name a few...Then assemble the parts here in America.  As a matter of fact, the Toyota Camry is the most American car available in America...beating out the domestics in American part content and assembly location. 

Dec 16, 2012 10:10AM
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Why is Ford bringing in European vehicles like the Transit, to the American market instead of designing, sourcing parts, assembling in and using American labor?  

 

 

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