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    Ford Shows Off The 2014 Transit and Transit Connect



    William Maley

    Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com

    September 6, 2012

    Ford is making some big waves today in the van market. At a event today in Amsterdam, Ford unveiled the new Transit and Transit Connect.

    We'll begin with the 2014 Transit Connect. Ford has really done a good job of bringing Connect in line with their new design language. Up front, the Transit Connect wears a trapezoidal grille smaller, sleeker headlamps, and more pronounced foglamps. The back features slimmer taillights and a tailgate. No word whether the barn doors on the current Connect will be available.

    Ford is staying quiet on what will be the powertrain lineup will be, but has said the European model will receive "highly-efficient downsized diesel and petrol engines," while in the U.S., we'll get "a tailored range of gasoline powertrains."

    The 2014 Transit Connect arrives in late 2013.

    And it's bigger brother


    Ford also revealed the new Transit which will take the place of the E-Series van here in the U.S.

    The Transit will come variety of body styles, incorporating both short and long wheelbases, as well as standard- and tall-roof models for both Europe and the U.S.

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    For Europe, the Transit will be available in front-wheel, rear-wheel, or all-wheel drive and use Ford's 2.2L Duratorq TDCi diesel inline-four. For the U.S., we will only get rear-wheel drive. Engines will include a "powerful diesel option" and Ford's 3.5L EcoBoost V6.

    The new Transit arrives in late 2013.

    William Maley is a staff writer for Cheers & Gears. He can be reached at william.maley@cheersandgears.com or you can follow him on twitter at @realmudmonster.

    Press Release is on Page 3


    Ford Reveals All-New Global Transit and Transit Connect Commercial Vehicles at 'Go Further' Event

    • Ford unveils its new generation of Transit commercial vehicles, developed on all-new global platforms for sale in Europe, North America and other worldwide markets

    • Tough, functional and professional, the all-new Ford Transit brings a new level of capability and versatility to the medium commercial van market; it replaces the heavier two-tonne Transit in Europe and worldwide markets, and replaces the E-Series in North America

    • Stylish all-new Ford Transit Connect delivers outstanding performance across load carrying ability, dependability and fuel economy, for a best-in-class cost of ownership package

    AMSTERDAM, Sept. 6, 2012 – Ford today revealed a new generation of world-class Transit commercial vehicles at its "Go Further" event.

    Developed under its "One Ford" global product strategy in Europe, the Ford Transit and Ford Transit Connect models will be sold in Europe, North America and other worldwide markets, with product ranges tailored to the needs of customers in each region.

    "These new products will carry more, work harder, last longer, and cost our customers less to operate – just as Ford Transits have done for 47 years," said Barb Samardzich, vice president Product Development, Ford of Europe. "The unprecedented launch of two all-new Transit models will extend Ford's leadership in serving commercial vehicle customers around the world."

    The introduction of the new generation Transit and Transit Connect models is a major step in Ford's commitment to completely redesign its entire commercial vehicle line-up for Europe by the end of 2013.

    Using the latest global platforms, the two models highlight Ford's new approach to delivering the next generation of class-leading commercial vehicles to meet the needs of customers in all worldwide markets.

    The new range builds on almost 50 years of experience in creating market-leading commercial vans and was engineered at Ford's Centre of Excellence for commercial vehicles in Europe; applying global product development resources.

    The all-new Ford Transit replaces the heavier two-tonne Transit derivatives in Europe and other worldwide markets, and will eventually replace the popular Ford E-Series range in North America. Tough, functional and professional, new Transit brings new levels of capability and versatility to the medium commercial van market.

    Offering a comprehensive range of body styles and derivatives, with multiple wheelbases, roof heights and new chassis cowl versions, all-new and more capable Transit is tailored to the needs of key worldwide markets.

    For Europe, a full range of Transit bodystyles and derivatives, offering front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive, will be powered by the latest 2.2-litre Duratorq TDCi diesel.

    In North America, customers can choose from several engines, including the proven 3.5-litre EcoBoost or a powerful diesel option; each features rear-wheel drive and at least 25 percent better fuel economy than a comparable E-Series. Multiple roof heights and wheelbases will be available. North American Transit vans will be manufactured in Kansas City, alongside the Ford F-150.

    The stylish all-new Ford Transit Connect will deliver new standards for the sub-one-tonne segment for load-carrying ability, cost of ownership and dependability.

    Available in a choice of short and long wheelbase versions, the new Transit Connect will offer European and North American customers the most flexible and functional loadbox in the segment, with a host of innovative features to enhance everyday productivity.

    Transit Connect features the latest low-CO2 powertrain technologies to deliver best-in-class fuel economy in all of its target markets. In Europe, the engine line-up will include highly-efficient downsized diesel and petrol engines, while the U.S. market will benefit from a tailored range of gasoline powertrains.

    The new model has a stylish cockpit with car-like design and craftsmanship, and offers the latest Ford interior technologies and driver assistance features.

    The Ford Transit brand has established a legendary reputation for toughness and dependability, and the new global Transit products have been engineered to extend that tradition. Both the all-new Transit and all-new Transit Connect have been subjected to Ford's ultra-stringent commercial vehicle testing and durability standards, covering millions of miles of arduous testing in laboratories, at proving grounds and on customer fleets.

    "Our new global Ford Transit products will be totally fit for purpose," said Samardzich. "These are the strongest, most capable and most efficient commercial vans we have ever built – this is the start of a new chapter in the Transit success story."

    In Europe, deliveries of the all-new Transit and Transit Connect are due to start by the end of 2013.

    The two new global models join the Transit Custom in Ford's renewed commercial vehicle line-up for Europe. Targeting the one-tonne market, the all-new Transit Custom is now on sale across European markets. It will not be introduced in North America but will be launched in other selected other global markets later.

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    Very exciting product, I wish Ford would expand on how this auto will use CNG since major cities are ordering it as CNG taxis.

    I think Ford missed out on an exciting chance to show case this new Auto as an alternative energy auto.

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    The Transit Connect looks sweet. No word on the power trains, but it needs the 6-speed auto and one or two of the new 4-cylinders for better fuel economy.

    The big Transit looks a little off, but we need a new van to replace the dinosaurs we have. Love the diesel idea and ecoboost.

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    Now all the vans have that same sprinter/ lunchbox ringed in plastic/ Frankenstein stitched together/ 'Euro' look, which simply looks uber-cheap to me, not to mention top-heavy.

    I've looked at the current Transit Connect- very tiny, but I'll have to take a look at the Transit. But hopefully, Ford will straighten out those two overlapping nameplates.

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    I'm sure there's an option to get it painted, not that anyone seriously looking at a commercial van cares about aesthetics (the E-Series is the top seller after all), they care about function and flexibility, and now they'll hopefully have one that drives halfway decent.

    The Connect is a brilliant little van for small businesses who don't need a giant commercial van. There's lots of them around here.

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    Now all the vans have that same sprinter/ lunchbox ringed in plastic/ Frankenstein stitched together/ 'Euro' look, which simply looks uber-cheap to me, not to mention top-heavy.

    Still beats the current 'this van is owned by a serial rapist' look.

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    LOOK AT ALL THAT BLACK PLASTIC

    Yep...and then the deluxe versions have a lot of chromed plastic...though at least they have modern lighting instead of the cheap ass old time lights on the base model.

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    Be still my heart. A chrome plated $h!brick is still a $h!brick.

    At least the people who designed the Transit made an effort, and had more tools to use than a ruler and a T-square.

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    You guys were expecting chrome-plated METAL ??

    Actually I do believe the bumper on that Econoline above IS chrome-plated metal. Whatev.

    Yea, the E has gotten somewhat... 'behind the aesthetic 8-ball', but there's no denying the functionality of it.

    Guy I know with one as a work van has an incredible amount of stuff in his- shelves, bins, tools, materials, etc.

    Wonder if any rag will do a side-by-side comparison test? ;)

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    I know the Transits, Sprinters, etc are tall and narrow, but I wonder if they roll as easily as the extended rear LWB Econolines (like the white one I posted)..those seem to roll over all the time..

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    E is already out of production, I believe. A comparison would be interesting (to me at least).

    I have pondered if I could work out of a van, but the way I use my truck, the answer is a resounding no.

    >>"...Transits, Sprinters, etc are tall and narrow, but I wonder if they roll as easily as the extended rear LWB Econolines..."<<

    Natch; it's all about center of gravity (height-wise) vs. footprint. These are obviously narrower & taller, question is where is their CoG?

    And I cannot say I've ever seen a rolled cube van, but buses roll on occasion, so it's of course possible.

    "All the time" is clearly an overstatement.

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    E is already out of production, I believe. A comparison would be interesting (to me at least).

    I've read that production of the E series will continue for a few years along w/ the Transit, at least the cab and chassis and heavy duty versions..

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    Phord always had great van engines back in the day--especially the 300 inline six and the 460 V8.

    Never got to drive one with the V10 though.

    Still having trouble coming to grips with the 21st Century; sorry.

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      “Our ST models are designed to make a Ford Performance driving experience accessible to customers regardless of lifestyle,” said Matthias Tonn, Fiesta ST chief programme engineer. “With three- and five-door bodystyles and distinctive styling options that complement the model’s performance characteristics available from day-one, the next generation Fiesta ST will deliver a broader appeal for an even wider range of car-buyers.”
      Ford’s SYNC 3 communications and entertainment system will enable Fiesta ST drivers to control audio, navigation and connected smartphones using simple, conversational voice commands. Compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto™, SYNC 3 is supported by floating, tablet-inspired touchscreens up to eight inches in size that can be operated using pinch and swipe gestures.
      The next generation Fiesta ST also will be offered with a high quality B&O PLAY Sound System for a high-end audio experience – among features Ford first announced last year for the next generation Fiesta.
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