As the economy continues to rebound, Ford and other automakers aim to provide the vehicles needed to keep business rolling forward. For Ford, much of the emphasis the past several years has been providing enhanced efficiency, safety and comfort in its vehicles aimed at work and commercial customers.
As reported by the South Bend (Ind.) Tribune, first it was the F-150 pickup truck with its V-6 EcoBoost that offered the power of a V-8 and the efficiency of V-6; then it was the Transit Connect, a smaller front-wheel drive van for businesses that wanted a more maneuverable and efficient vehicle for daily use.
Now, it’s the Ford Transit, a full-size van that offers the ultimate in flexibility with two wheelbases, three roof heights, three body lengths and three engine choices. The Transit also offers another option as a platform for Class B motorhome builders.
“Ford has always had a strong focus on work vehicles,” said Jeff Wills, a sales consultant at Gurley Leep Southside Ford-Lincoln in South Bend. “Its reputation for durability is why it has always been a leader in the segment.”
The 2015 Transit is taking the place of the popular E-Series, which has been the top-selling van in America for more than 30 years. But the new rear-wheel drive Transit will give businesses a lot more options to build the vehicle exactly how they want it.
Three different powertrains are available: a 275-horsepower, 3.7L V-6; a 310-horsepower, 3.5L EcoBoost V-6; and a 185-horsepower, 3.2L PowerStroke five-cylinder diesel. All are mated to a six-speed automatic with clutchless shifting.
For the full story click here.