Ford has commenced production of its Transit van at its Kansas City Assembly Plant in Claycomo, Mo. The site will still build the E series – albeit for a while -- that the Transit is replacing. Ford has spent $1.1 billion and tapped 2,000 new employees to the site.
The carmaker said it has already accomplished 75 percent of its target of creating 12,000 hourly jobs in the United States by 2015. Joe Hinrichs, Ford president of the Americas, said in a statement that the carmaker’s investment in Claycomo site for Transit output is about “delivering world-class commercial vans” for a new generation of commercial customers.
Ford is now selling the Transit in 118 countries. For North America, the carmaker will offer the Transit van and wagon in three body lengths, two wheelbases and three roof heights -- along with chassis cab and cutaway variants. Ford will also offer the Transit in two trim levels -- XL and XLT.
The commercial van will be powered by one of the following: a standard 3.7-liter V-6 engine; the 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine the powers the F-150 pickup; and a 3.2-liter Power Stroke diesel engine. The engines are paired to a six-speed automatic gearbox using a rear-wheel-drive configuration.
The high-roof version of the Transit boasts of 81.5 inches of maximum interior cargo height – high enough for a 6’ 8” tall person to stand upright. The new Transit van also offers up to 487 cubic feet of cargo space and up to 4,650 lbs of payload capacity. It also offers up to 7,600 lbs of towing capacity, according to Ford.