|Ford Transit Van (USA version)|
The new 2013 T-Series line (T is for Transit)of full-sized cargo vans - the replacement for the iconic and evergreen Ford Econoline van - has broken cover and details are beginning to become public about Ford's much anticipated (and highly profitable) commercial vehicle.
As the official Ford photo (above) shows, the T-series commercial van is definitely NOT related to the current front-wheel drive U.S. Transit Connect van. The T-series is based on a rear-wheel drive only platform, and will be powered by Ford's 3.5 liter V-6 (in normal and Ecoboost versions) as well as an expected 3.2 liter FIVE cylinder turbo diesel that should give the T-series excellent fuel economy for a large van. The van will be produced at Ford's Kansas City assembly plant, which will soon also produce (according to UAW documents) the smaller current Ford Transit Connect, which was previously imported from Europe. Ford has not released complete details on the T-Series as of yet. The T-Series line will compete with the Nissan NV, GMC Express, and Mercedes (previously Dodge/Freightliner) Sprinter cargo van models. Fiat is also importing some of its European cargo vans for sale in Ram dealerships shortly, so the Transit will have lots of competitors. The T-Series should be on sale at U.S. Ford dealers by next spring.
[Edited 2012-09-08 21:07:07]