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Old 12-10-2011, 02:53 PM   #1
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Ford to Move Manufacturing of Transit Van to US

Ford to Move Manufacturing of Transit Van to U.S.

December 9, 2011
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Ford has announced that the full-size Transit van, slated to begin production in the U.S. in 2013, is already here and in some select customer’s hands for testing.

Trailer/Body Builders reported Ford held a media briefing at its Dearborn, Mich., headquarters and provided an overview of its commercial vehicle lineup, an update on production for its F-650 and F-750 vehicles, and a glimpse at the Transit, which the company had on hand for viewing.

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I guess that Ford is betting on lower gas prices.
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I hope that the person who wrote the press release truly knows how to construct a sentence with commas. Read that last paragraph . . . "The Ohio plant will also produce the E-450 stripped chassis, which Ford will continue to make even after phasing out the E-Series cargo van, as well as the company’s F-53 and F-59 stripped chassis products."
A person might read that as the F-53 & F-59 are being phased out with the E-Series vans. I had to read it twice to make sure but it truly says the F-53 & F-59 chassis will continue to be produced along with the E-450 stripped chassis.
Just sayin' - I hope that is what the writer meant.
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Old 12-10-2011, 03:49 PM   #4
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Just sayin' - I hope that is what the writer meant.
That's a valid observation ....

Now here's another observation ... Is Ford pulling the plug on Detroit Chassis LLC in Detroit? According to the website, Detroit Chassis LLC, the manufacturers of the F53 RV chassis are tightly integrated with their community. Is Ford closing the doors and moving the operation from Detroit to Dearborn? Not that it's a long way from Dearborn to Detroit.

It would seem though, that's how the press is written.
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The "Transit" is a series of vans that Ford Europe has been making since the early 60's. When I was with Norto-Villiers, our Moto-cross race-team van was a 1967 26' Transit dually with a Capri 2.8 V6 tumed engine (about 290 hp). With 5 guys inside and three bikes, it would still easily top 100 mph!

I'm pretty sure production in Europe will continue, so they're adding a US line, not "relocating manufacture". Ford Pres Alan Mullaly has said that there would be no more market-specific vehicles. except for differences neccessary to meet local emissions and safety equipment requirements.

Bringing the current design full-size Transit to the US to replace the E-series makes sense, particularly as the Focus-based Transit express is proving to be so popular.
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Here is the latest iformation: (which is intended to clear up misunderstandings in the Press Release)
  • E-Series VANS and WAGONS will be discontinued, but there are no plans to discontinue the Cutaways used for Class C motorhomes. Cutaways will continue to be built at the Avon Lake plant in Ohio. The 14,500 lb GVWR is a popular choice for motorhome, ambulance, shuttle bus and commercial builders. Last month, according to Stat Survey, 95% of all Class C's (under 16,000 lb) were built on a Ford chassis. There are no plans to discontinue cutaways.
  • The full size Transit will be built in Kansas City (that has been announced). It will be a direct competitor to Sprinter. This will be an addition to the E-450 cutaway and compliment the Class C motorhome chassis line-up. Timing and product details will be announced in the Spring.
  • F53 will continue production. Assembly will move from the Detroit Chassis Plant in Detroit to Avon Lake in Ohio. There are no plans to discontinue F53. F53 is currently the only gas Class A chassis in the market. Ford will continue to make product improvements each year on this chassis. The assembly plant move should be a seamless process for the builders and industry.
  • Also, somewhat related, F-650/750 medium truck assembly will be relocated from Mexico to Avon Lake Ohio as well. The F-650 will be introduced this Spring with the 6.8L Triton 3-valve gas engine (same as F53).
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In the last bullet item we see where product manufacturing is coming back inside the USA and American workers will be doing those jobs!
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Blogger: Ford Transit Van Platform Ideal for RVs

December 13, 2011 by
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The following is a blog by Examiner.com writer Julian Gothard asserting that Ford Motor Co.ís decision to bring the iconic Ford Transit van to the U.S. in 2013 would provide a versatile, efficient platform for the RV industry.

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