Ford is rolling out its global Transit van model to the American market beginning this summer, replacing its E-Series vans, which have been in use in the United States since 1961. The company says the all-new 2015 Ford Transit delivers as much as 46 percent better gas mileage than Ford E-Series and offers Ford van customers more choices and capability than ever.
Ford introduced media to the Transit at a ride and drive event in early June, which also included a tour of the Kansas City Assembly plant where the Transit is being built for North America. The company has invested more than $1 billion to retool and expand its Kansas City Assembly Plant for the Transit, adding about 2,000 jobs.
Kumar Galhotra, Ford vice president, Engineering, said at the event that the commercial vehicle segment is extremely important to Ford, with the company expecting the segment to grow from 2013 to 2017 about 13 percent. “We at Ford are the best-selling maker of commercial vehicles globally in every segment in which we compete,” he said. “Today on the road 41 percent of the commercial vehicles, classes 1 through 7, are Ford vehicles. And within this segment, E-Series vans have been the best-selling vans for 35 years. We introduced this vehicle in 1961. It’s practically an American icon. But that’s not the only van in our portfolio; the other van that we’ve been selling around the world is the Transit which we’ve been selling for 49 years.” When the E-Series was first introduced in the U.S. it was known as the Ford Econoline.
Galhotra says consolidating Ford’s global market under the single Transit platform continues the One Ford plan, to create a leaner global enterprise. “Just a few years ago we had several platforms all over the world that were selling similar products,” he said, explaining that many of these have now been consolidated to single global products. “What that does for us is it provides incredible scale,” he continued.
Transit goes on sale for the first time at U.S. and Canadian dealerships this summer.
Transit comes standard with a 3.7-liter V6 engine, and customers also can choose from an available 3.5-liter EcoBoost or 3.2-liter Power Stroke diesel. When equipped with the 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine, all-new 2015 Transit low- and medium-roof regular wheelbase wagons get a 14 mpg city/19 mpg highway EPA-estimated rating.