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Ford’s ‘Truth About Transit Tour’

June 2, 2014 in CNG, Companies, Education, Propane by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

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.

Ford will promote the 2015 Transit line with a 19-city tour beginning next Monday in Kansas City.

Ford will promote the 2015 Transit line with a 19-city tour beginning next Monday in Kansas City.

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.

Ford Transit for 2015 will be available with wheelbases up to 148 inches.

Ford Transit for 2015 will be available with wheelbases up to 148 inches.

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

  • 19 cities through October

    19 cities through October

    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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Source: Ford with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

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