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Old 12-08-2011, 03:38 PM   #1
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Ford officially ends the E-series

It's official Ford announced the end to the E series and is replacing it with the European transit van not the Ford connect.

http://jalopnik.com/5866019/ford-off...th-transit-van
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Old 12-08-2011, 03:56 PM   #2
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Re: Ford officially ends the E-series

Actually, I'm okay with it. The new one is not bad looking, just so long as it's big enough. Hard to tell from the videos.

And we now all have instant classics.

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Old 12-08-2011, 03:57 PM   #3
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Re: Ford officially ends the E-series

Will the cutaways be based on this new one, though? That's a question I'm curious about.

Been dreaming about a box truck-mobile lately.
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Old 12-08-2011, 04:18 PM   #4
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Info from Ford UK. No details on US website yet.

http://www.ford.co.uk/Commercialvehi...ansit/Overview

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Old 12-08-2011, 04:52 PM   #5
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Re: Ford officially ends the E-series

Here is one fellow who has built his own conversion with the van. Looks like it is almost same size as E series?

http://www.wix.com/devaere/ford-transit---sccv#!

more pics of the conversion here.....

http://www.mijnalbum.nl/Album=F8ICKVPR
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Re: Ford officially ends the E-series

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Will the cutaways be based on this new one, though? That's a question I'm curious about.

Been dreaming about a box truck-mobile lately.
E-series cutaways will continue, and F650/750 production is moving into the E-series plant. I would not be surprised to see the two share cabs the next go-around.

I'm thinking my next rig will be a cutaway chassis also. More wheelbase, with lots of built-in toolboxes on the outside.
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Old 12-08-2011, 05:35 PM   #7
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Re: Ford officially ends the E-series

John, at Quadvan, was telling me about what sounds like a killer 4x4 they're doing based on a cutaway with a dually rear changed to large, single run-flat tires.

I just like the whole platform for a semi-stealth rolling bugout living room.

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Old 12-08-2011, 06:45 PM   #8
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Re: Ford officially ends the E-series

Looks like a Ford Sprinter. Hopefully it is cheaper than a Sprinter.

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Any word on engine choices? Ladder frame?

I wonder what kind of aftermarket 4x4 options are available. It's not like you can just take F-350 axles and stick them on there.

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Re: Ford officially ends the E-series

"Ford has released few details of the new vehicle thus far, but it says the Transit van sold here will get gas mileage ratings at least 25 percent higher than today's E-Series vans--lowering both CO2 emissions and customer running costs as a byproduct.

The current European Transit is a rear-wheel drive model offered with a variety of four- and five-cylinder turbodiesel engines as well as a 2.3-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine. Like the smaller and unrelated Transit Connect van, it's built in Turkey for sale globally. More than 6 million have been sold.

U.S. models will likely offer at least one EcoBoost direct-injected and turbocharged gasoline engine. Whether Ford offers a clean diesel model remains up in the air, though fleet owners are likely to push heavily for at least one such offering.
The Transit van coming in 2013 won't replace the entire E-Series line; heavier-duty chassis-cab versions of the old E-Series will remain in production for most of the current decade.
The light-duty models will transition to the Transit by 2014, however, which will also offer far more modern technology, and better handling. Part of the fuel economy improvement will come from weight reduction; Ford says the new van will be 300 pounds lighter than today's comparable E-Series models."

from this article:
http://www.foxnews.com/leisure/2011/12/ ... test=faces


and from cars.com:

"We'll keep you posted as we learn more about the next-gen Transit, but Ford officials told the Detroit News the next-gen Transit will be unibody, not body-on-frame like the E-Series, and 25% more fuel efficient because it will shed 300 pounds."
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