Ford Motor Co.
DETROIT — The forthcoming 2014 Ford Transit and Transit Connect vans will offer buyers a variety of engine choices, body and cab options, and wheelbase lengths when the vehicles reach the market next year, the manufacturer announced.
The Transit will make its North American debut when the two vans arrive late this year, while the new Transit Connect expands its offerings beyond the single body style currently available. These moves reflect Ford’s commitment to commercial buyers, said Jim Farley, the company’s executive vice president for global marketing, sales and service.
“Commercial products are part of our DNA,” he told reporters here during an introductory event held at Ford Field, home of the National Football League’s Detroit Lions. “This is a really important, profitable part of our business, but it’s not just about sales numbers and profits. We partner with our commercial customers to develop these products.”
With the Transit, commercial buyers are being offered a van larger than the current E-series, which the Transit eventually will replace. Slated to make its North American debut late this year, the Transit will feature two gasoline-powered V-6 engines borrowed from Ford’s F-150 pickup line, along with a diesel borrowed from the company’s global operations.