Wednesday, July 9, 2014


This summer is the release of the 2015 Transit A globally designed vehicle, the new-generation Transit was again a collaboration between Ford of Europe and Ford in North America. With its external design headed by Ford of Europe, the new Transit evolved from the New Edge styling used from the previous-generation model to the Kinetic design adopted by many of the company's global models since 2010; the interior drew cues from the third generation Ford Focus. In North America, part of the development was undertaken by Ford designers based in Detroit. 

As the Transit is replacing the E-Series, Ford loaned examples of the previous-generation (V347/348) Transit to high-mileage drivers in the United States for evaluation purposes and durability testing.By every reasonable definition, the 2014 Ford Transit Connect wagon is a minivan. It’s a van. It’s small. Ergo, it’s a minivan. Duh. Yet Ford is touting it as the “unminivan,” even turning the term into a hashtag for marketing purposes.

Yet by suggesting the Transit Connect wagon is something it’s not or, more accurately, saying it isn’t something it is, Ford is muddling what makes the vehicle unique. It’s a delightfully straightforward, fuel-efficient, and space-efficient minibus that’s relatively low on frills but very high on usefulness. It is equal parts utility van and compact car. As such, it stands in stark contrast to the heavy, bloated road whales currently being marketed under that modern misnomer of “minivan.” Okay, we suppose, in that respect, it is indeed the “unminivan.”

Based on Ford’s global C platform, which also underpins the Focus and Escape, among other products, the Transit Connect drives more like a small car than a minivan or utility vehicle, with surprisingly quick turn-in and some semblance of road feel through the wheel. Our test drive was limited to the confines of Ford’s Dearborn proving ground, where the Ford hounds assured us we would maintain sane speeds, but we came away impressed with the Transit Connect’s light-on-its-feet demeanor and the way in which it generally quashed body motions. Thanks to its unique suspension tuning compared with the cargo van, added sound insulation, and fully lined ceiling and walls, it is considerably quieter than the cargo model with which it shares its slab-sided body, highly stylized dashboard, and fuel-efficient powertrains.

Worldwide production of Ford Transits takes place in two facilities; All European Transit production is from Ford Otosan in Kocaeli Province, Turkey; this factory which will also provide a percentage of global exports. North American production will be primarily sourced from Kansas City Assembly in Claycomo, Missouri on the lines used for the previous generation Ford Escape. While the front-wheel drive V347 Transit was sold alongside the E-Series in Mexico starting in 2007 (replacing the Freestar minivan), this generation of the Transit is the replacement for the E-Series and the first to be officially sold in the United States and Canada.

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