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pilotmass
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 8:13:03 AM

Ford Motor Co. started production today of the Transit commercial van at its Claycomo plant.

The company has a lot riding on the van, new to North America, because it will replace its E-series vans, which have been the best-selling commercial van in the United States. Ford said the Transit is a big advancement over the E-series, formerly Econoline, and is expected to pull in new customers.

The Claycomo plant is beginning with one shift building 300 Transits per day and will add a second shift later this year.

“We’re really confident about the Transit’s competitiveness,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford’s president of the Americas.

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EvenSkimpier
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Message Posted: May 2, 2014 5:58:27 AM

I saw a Ford Transit in UPS livery yesterday. I bet it saves them a lot of gas vs the big panel vans.
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 12:44:02 PM

On May 1, 2014 11:15:39 AM, lesabreAZ wrote:

>300 per day thats 12.5 per hour....one every 5 minutes??

One shift, 300 per day, they're only running the line for eight hours.

That's 1.6 minutes per vehicle.

Slower than some of the lines, hopefully it will result in higher quality.
ss70
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 12:37:32 PM

Make it run with CNG and Diesel too.
traffic cop
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 12:32:46 PM

But where's the family-friendly minivan? It's either the small, cube-like "E" series transit, or this handsome, but very full-sized, vehicle.

Mormon families will love it. Provided they can afford it, of course.
lesabreAZ
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 12:15:39 PM

300 per day thats 12.5 per hour....one every 5 minutes?? what happened to quality is job 1??????????????????
skempton
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 11:42:56 AM

Good for Ford and US.
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 10:44:33 AM

Interesting news.
photofill
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 10:34:23 AM

yes american pickers switched to the ford transit, and yes it is marketing
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 10:29:44 AM

We can only wait and see.
gvan
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 10:27:43 AM

More info on the new model:

Ford Transit
gvan
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 10:22:17 AM

I watched American Pickers last night and they bought a new Ford Transit. I wonder if they got it free for the advertising value.
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 10:21:14 AM

This looks a lot like Mercedes Benz Sprinter and the Fiat-base Ram ProMaster vans. Hopefully will do well for Ford.
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 9:48:27 AM

FYI the plant is in Missouri, not Kansas. Claycomo to be specific. Right next door to Kansas City, MISSOURI. There is a Kansas City, KS, but it's a smaller city.
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 9:39:13 AM

Most things get better with a new version, of course we do not remember the things we disliked about the old version so often it seems like the old one was better
TXRanger09
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 9:36:41 AM

Been a long time coming.
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 9:29:17 AM

more jobs are a good thing
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 9:24:11 AM

Time will tell.
investmentdr
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 9:23:15 AM

bad for Avon OH where the e-vans used to be made
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 9:19:49 AM

Made in America. Sweet.
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 9:15:27 AM

Good for Ford, good for the economy.
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 9:12:57 AM

article needs link to data about the vehicle - I didn't think the E-Series was anything special at all. Would be interested in knowing more about the new Transit (stupid name, sounds like a people mover, not a cargo van).
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 9:11:47 AM

Good for Kansas
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 9:11:10 AM

cool
scottyiam
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 9:00:50 AM

Ok
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 9:00:19 AM

Good for Kansas
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 8:56:21 AM

good for Ford
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 8:52:53 AM

Okay
CivicMA
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 8:38:19 AM

Time for a face-lift? I drove Econoline work vans back in the 1960s. I guess they got their money's worth out of that design.
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 8:29:45 AM

Time will tell!
EdWoods
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 8:28:42 AM

Why?? Stupid looking vehicle.......
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 8:24:09 AM

Finally found the news area. Don't like the new format.
UglySean
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 8:21:38 AM

No mention of the Transit's key features, especially those over the E series.
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