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(Fox News)   Ford proudly introduces the Transit, their replacement for the Econoline van. Free candy sold separately   (foxnews.com) divider line 35
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2014-08-16 04:55:19 AM  
...."introduces the Transit...." ??? We have had a Transit looking basically like that since the 70s. Lol. Catch up USAers
 
2014-08-16 05:43:58 AM  
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2014-08-16 07:48:22 AM  
You get better versatility from putting a hutch over your pickup bed anyways.
 
2014-08-16 07:51:27 AM  
Seems legit...
 
2014-08-16 07:55:44 AM  
Actually those are pretty nice. We've had one of those and a new Ram in the shop for a few weeks. The Ram promaster definitely wins the hideously ugly van of the year award.
 
2014-08-16 08:10:56 AM  
Why the hell do you need RWD in a Transit? If you need more traction than FWD can give you then you need 4WD
 
2014-08-16 08:16:54 AM  

Norfolking Chance: Why the hell do you need RWD in a Transit? If you need more traction than FWD can give you then you need 4WD


My first instinct would be for towing, but not with V-6 engines.So I'm not sure why it's RWD, especially when the little Transit Connect has found success as a FWD in-city cargo hauler.
 
2014-08-16 08:33:31 AM  

clkeagle: Norfolking Chance: Why the hell do you need RWD in a Transit? If you need more traction than FWD can give you then you need 4WD

My first instinct would be for towing, but not with V-6 engines.So I'm not sure why it's RWD, especially when the little Transit Connect has found success as a FWD in-city cargo hauler.


In a loaded work van the back is the heavy end, so that's where the traction needs to be to get rolling in sloppy conditions.
 
2014-08-16 08:33:36 AM  
FTA- " The Transit is built on a car-like unibody chassis instead of the body-on-frame construction traditionally used by trucks"

So it isn't a truck. Just a wierd looking station wagon.


FTA-" towing maxes out at 7,500. The E-Series could pull 10,000, which is one of the reasons Ford will continue building it in chassis cab and stripped chassis versions for a few more years. "

For those of us who still want to buy an actual truck.
 
2014-08-16 09:10:12 AM  
That seemed more like an advertisement than information.
 
2014-08-16 09:19:16 AM  

dionysusaur: In a loaded work van the back is the heavy end, so that's where the traction needs to be to get rolling in sloppy conditions.


Very much this.

My wife needs a replacement for her 10-year old E250, and it might well be high-roof version of this.
 
2014-08-16 09:51:42 AM  

czetie: dionysusaur: In a loaded work van the back is the heavy end, so that's where the traction needs to be to get rolling in sloppy conditions.

Very much this.

My wife needs a replacement for her 10-year old E250, and it might well be high-roof version of this.


Car & Driver were suitably impressed, and I would definitely consider one when it comes time to replace my 2000 Excursion 7.3 PSD. That truck still runs like a champ, but I am sooo tired of the diesel rattle. Just don't want a car payment right now.
 
2014-08-16 09:56:41 AM  

DemoKnite: That seemed more like an advertisement than information.


True, but it's only a van. It seems like a relatively harmless press-release-to-article-job.
 
2014-08-16 11:18:47 AM  
Someone mention free candy?

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/Also, don't feed strangers to Candy.
 
2014-08-16 11:56:38 AM  

colinspooky: ...."introduces the Transit...." ??? We have had a Transit looking basically like that since the 70s. Lol. Catch up USAers


the transit always had more bang for the buck on cargo space vs. an econoline, first time i went over to europe i was like "why aren't these in the states again?"
 
2014-08-16 12:04:19 PM  

Basily Gourt: FTA- " The Transit is built on a car-like unibody chassis instead of the body-on-frame construction traditionally used by trucks"

So it isn't a truck. Just a wierd looking station wagon.


FTA-" towing maxes out at 7,500. The E-Series could pull 10,000, which is one of the reasons Ford will continue building it in chassis cab and stripped chassis versions for a few more years. "

For those of us who still want to buy an actual truck.


E350s depending on the configuration can pull 15k or more
 
2014-08-16 12:12:34 PM  

dforkus: Basily Gourt: FTA- " The Transit is built on a car-like unibody chassis instead of the body-on-frame construction traditionally used by trucks"

So it isn't a truck. Just a wierd looking station wagon.


FTA-" towing maxes out at 7,500. The E-Series could pull 10,000, which is one of the reasons Ford will continue building it in chassis cab and stripped chassis versions for a few more years. "

For those of us who still want to buy an actual truck.

E350s depending on the configuration can pull 15k or more


[Citationneeded.jpg]

Ford says CGWR can be up to 18k, but the max Econoline towing weight rating is still 10k.
 
2014-08-16 12:14:46 PM  

Chevello: Actually those are pretty nice. We've had one of those and a new Ram in the shop for a few weeks. The Ram promaster definitely wins the hideously ugly van of the year award.


They look like something that would be in a Dr. Who episode.
 
2014-08-16 12:26:28 PM  

hitmanric: Chevello: Actually those are pretty nice. We've had one of those and a new Ram in the shop for a few weeks. The Ram promaster definitely wins the hideously ugly van of the year award.

They look like something that would be in a Dr. Who episode.


"Why did you get in the van with that man?"

"He said it was bigger on the inside!"
 
2014-08-16 01:01:05 PM  

clkeagle: especially when the little Transit Connect


I was sitting here thinking,"I thought the Transit was already here." Then I saw your post and figured out I was thinking of the Transit Connect. Almost the same name but not the same thing, really.
 
2014-08-16 01:16:54 PM  
  My company is getting me one of them new Transit 150's.  Supposed to be delivered sometime in October.  Replacing my 2007 Chevy Express with almost 200K miles on it.

Can't wait!
 
2014-08-16 01:28:43 PM  

Tobin_Lam: clkeagle: especially when the little Transit Connect

I was sitting here thinking,"I thought the Transit was already here." Then I saw your post and figured out I was thinking of the Transit Connect. Almost the same name but not the same thing, really.


Had the same confusion. Canada Post has been running Connects for years now, see lots of commercial and a few camper units around. Pretty nifty. Now install FWD and a Tesla powertrain. The new unit looks like it's meant to go up against the Mercedes/Sprinter and those big Nissan jobs.
 
2014-08-16 01:57:00 PM  
Are they still made in Turkey?
 
2014-08-16 02:44:26 PM  
About time.

The Transit handles like a car - and does the Nurburgring in 10:08. (When driven by Sabine Schmitz.)
 
2014-08-16 02:52:57 PM  

Stone Meadow: dforkus: Basily Gourt: FTA- " The Transit is built on a car-like unibody chassis instead of the body-on-frame construction traditionally used by trucks"

So it isn't a truck. Just a wierd looking station wagon.


FTA-" towing maxes out at 7,500. The E-Series could pull 10,000, which is one of the reasons Ford will continue building it in chassis cab and stripped chassis versions for a few more years. "

For those of us who still want to buy an actual truck.

E350s depending on the configuration can pull 15k or more

[Citationneeded.jpg]

Ford says CGWR can be up to 18k, but the max Econoline towing weight rating is still 10k.


You are correct, I was thinking CGWR...

Although id you had one of the beefiest e350s, and little weight inside the van, and a good trailer you could probably do better than 10k over relatively flat territory. But thats a lot of its and buts...
 
2014-08-16 03:08:37 PM  
I'm the friendly stranger in the black sedan; won't you hop inside my car?  I got pictures, I got candy,
I'm a lovable man, and I can take you near or far....I'm your vehicle, baby; I'll take you anywhere you
wanna go......guess I'd better stop or I'll have to pay royalties.
 
2014-08-16 03:33:42 PM  

dforkus: Although id you had one of the beefiest e350s, and little weight inside the van, and a good trailer you could probably do better than 10k over relatively flat territory. But thats a lot of its and buts...


I'm confident you're correct. I had an older one with a 460, which I used for several years to pull a trailer right up against the 10k limit (I weighed it a few times at a commercial scale just off I-80) up and over the passes out of California. No trouble pulling up over Donner Pass (7000'+). My current Excursion does the same, so I think it's more of a legal/liability issue than a mechanical limit.
 
2014-08-16 03:52:12 PM  

colinspooky: ...."introduces the Transit...." ??? We have had a Transit looking basically like that since the 70s. Lol. Catch up USAers


Hell we've had it for years, but Fox they ain't quick on the uptake
 
2014-08-16 04:01:04 PM  
I saw a tagline on an attractive young lady's profile that amused me.
"That awkward moment when you realize there is no candy in the van".

I filed it under "Things only an attractive young lady could get away with saying".
 
2014-08-16 04:31:27 PM  

Skink Wrangler: Tobin_Lam: clkeagle: especially when the little Transit Connect

I was sitting here thinking,"I thought the Transit was already here." Then I saw your post and figured out I was thinking of the Transit Connect. Almost the same name but not the same thing, really.

Had the same confusion. Canada Post has been running Connects for years now, see lots of commercial and a few camper units around. Pretty nifty. Now install FWD and a Tesla powertrain. The new unit looks like it's meant to go up against the Mercedes/Sprinter and those big Nissan jobs.


The Connect is a hell of a lot smaller than a Sprinter... isn't it based on the focus? Still love the little things. They seem like great city haulers, but does anyone know how they perform on long interstate trips?
 
2014-08-16 05:05:54 PM  

colinspooky: ...."introduces the Transit...." ??? We have had a Transit looking basically like that since the 70s. Lol. Catch up USAers


Top Gear did an entire segment on the Transit van.
 
2014-08-16 07:01:32 PM  

Gig103: colinspooky: ...."introduces the Transit...." ??? We have had a Transit looking basically like that since the 70s. Lol. Catch up USAers

Top Gear did an entire segment on the Transit van.


Including a rather amazing lap around the 'ring, yielding a time that I suspect I'd have trouble beating in a high-dollar sports car.

Sabina Schmidt is officially the world's coolest van driver.
 
2014-08-16 07:07:37 PM  
My parents had a Ford Econoline from the 70s when I was a kid - red with heart-shaped windows in the back. My father built a bed platform in the rear with a faux bearskin cover.

/When the van's a rockin'
 
2014-08-16 10:09:32 PM  

propasaurus: Are they still made in Turkey?


Our 'Murican ones are made in the plant just north of Kansas City, MO

/President Obama spoke up there when the Transit production was announced, but of course Fox wouldn't have acknowledged that was when it was introduced.
//DNRTFA
 
2014-08-17 11:45:17 AM  
I like the smaller version of the Transit. The Connect.

/Don't know why
 
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