Ford Plans a 19-City Tour to Promote Its New Van Line
Ford will kick off a 19-city tour to promote its new Transit vans next week, noting that the Transit line, slated to appear at U.S. and Canadian dealers this summer, will replace the E-Series/Econoline range of vehicles.
E-Series vans and wagons will remain available and will be “sold side-by-side with Transit into the 2014 calendar year, Ford says, providing a seamless transition for Ford customers.”
“Additionally, E-Series cutaway and stripped chassis will continue to be built and sold through most of the rest of the decade.” E-Series vehicles debuted in 1961 under the Ford Econoline badge.
Gaseous-Prep for the 3.7-Liter Engine
Moving from an all-gasoline engine lineup of two V-8s and a V-10 for the E-Series, the new Transit comes standard with a 3.7-liter V-6. Options include the 3.5-liter EcoBoost gasoline engine, and the “globally proven” 3.2-liter Power Stroke brand diesel.
A gaseous-prep version of the 3.7-liter engine will be available for natural gas or propane autogas conversions for $315, Transit and E-Series brand manager Minyang Jiang told F&F.
The “Truth About Transit Tour” will provide fleet customers, commercial business owners and Ford dealers an opportunity to test drive the all-new Ford Transit, and get questions answered by Ford product specialists, Ford says.
The tour will make stops in
Kansas City, Mo., June 9-13;
- Minneapolis, June 16-20;
- Chicago, June 23-27;
- Detroit, July 7-11;
- Charlotte, N.C., July 8-10;
- Orlando, Fla., July 14-16;
- Boston, July 14-18;
- Washington, D.C., July 21-25;
- Miami, July 22-24;
- New York, July 28-August 1;
- Cleveland, August 4-8;
- Denver, August 5-7;
- Houston, August 11-15;
- Seattle, August 12-14;
- Dallas, August 18-22;
- Phoenix, August 25-29;
- Los Angeles, September 8-12;
- San Francisco, September 15-19; and
- Atlanta, October 6-10.
The new Transit van offers as much as 487 cubic feet of cargo volume and 4,650 pounds of maximum payload capacity – more than competing vans from General Motors and Chrysler, Ford says. Transit delivers a maximum towing capacity of 7,600 pounds.
In some configurations, Transit offers as much as 75% more cargo volume than the largest E-Series vehicles.
More Styles, More Sizes
Transit will be available in van, wagon, chassis cab and cutaway body styles; in three body lengths and two wheelbases for van and wagon, along with three roof heights; and in XL and XLT trim levels, “offering more choices than ever from a Ford commercial vehicle.”
The tour is to include closed-course test drives, tours of a unique, “hands-on interactive garage for a behind-the-scenes look at how Transit is Built Ford Tough,” interaction with product specialists and, in select markets, interaction with key upfitters.
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