Ford Transit Production Begins in Kansas

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

A new era has begun for Ford at its Kansas City Assembly Plant.

The American automaker kicked off production on its new Transit commercial vehicle that will ultimately replace the E-Series van. The company invested $1.1 billion and added 2,000 new jobs to its Kansas City plant to support the new Transit production.

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The Transit is currently sold in 118 countries and in North America the Transit van and wagon will be offered in three body lengths, two wheelbases and three roof heights along with chassis cab and cutaway variants. Two trims levels will be available: XL and XLT.

The commercial vehicle comes standard with a 3.7-liter V6 engine while a 3.5-liter EcoBoost and 3.2-liter diesel are available. All powerplants are mated to a six-speed automatic with rear-wheel drive.

Ford will continue producing the E-Series during the 2014 calendar year while it ramps up production of the Transit.

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[Source: Automotive News]

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at AutoGuide.com saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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