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PostPosted: Fri Dec 09, 2011 5:05 am   Post subject: 2013- Goodbye E Series Ford Vans

Hi;

Well I guess it was bound to happen:

http://news.pickuptrucks.com/2011/12/fo ... ansit.html

Bye, bye Ford vans with frames.

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 09, 2011 9:44 am   Post subject: Re: 2013- Goodbye E Series Ford Vans

New Ford Transit Van eBrochure

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 09, 2011 11:33 am   Post subject: Re: 2013- Goodbye E Series Ford Vans

See the thread:

viewtopic.php?f=5&t=8196

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 18, 2011 11:29 am   Post subject: Re: 2013- Goodbye E Series Ford Vans

Interesting thing about these vans (both the Transit and the smaller Transit Connect) is that in Europe they are really quite cheap, as well as being fuel efficient . Doing a quick internet search reveals that a basic diesel Transit Connect can be had for right around 10K British pounds. That works out to about US$15K. Since they are being sold here in the mid-twenties with a cheaper gas engine, you have to wonder where the additional cost is coming from?

A regular Transit van is actually not much more expensive in the UK, a SWB base model with a diesel is around 11K pounds, or US$18K. A full-on crew cab, LWB, diesel, high-roof costs about US$26k. So it will be very interesting to see what Ford decides to charge for the Transit here when it comes out. The transit is made in Turkey so they really have no excuse for adding an extra 30% to the price they way they seem to have done with the Transit Connect. But since the base model Econoline (with all it's tooling costs long since paid off) sells for $25K I'm guessing we'll see prices at least in that range.

And just to re-kindle the fires of disgust at the Nissan NV, one of the UK van dealer's websites had a range of Nissan vans on display. Google Primastar, NV200 and Interstar to get a sense of what Nissan could have brought us instead of the NV.

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 30, 2011 10:27 pm   Post subject: Re: 2013- Goodbye E Series Ford Vans

A square box on stroids. Schweet.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 30, 2011 10:28 pm   Post subject: Re: 2013- Goodbye E Series Ford Vans

A rectangular box on stroids. Scweeter
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 31, 2011 5:47 pm   Post subject: Re: 2013- Goodbye E Series Ford Vans

A sprinter that's wider and squatter. Still better than Nissan's entry.

Will Chevy be the last recognizable van?
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 05, 2012 11:32 am   Post subject: Re: 2013- Goodbye E Series Ford Vans

I just spent about half an hour on the phone with Ford marketing to try to clarify the E-Series' last year of availability.

From the looks of it, Ford should release the 2013 E-Series in September and that should be the last year for it. Keep in mind that this is not 100% sure at this point in time, but it is the latest information Ford marketing has...
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 05, 2012 6:21 pm   Post subject: Re: 2013- Goodbye E Series Ford Vans

tacticalblack wrote:
I just spent about half an hour on the phone with Ford marketing to try to clarify the E-Series' last year of availability.

From the looks of it, Ford should release the 2013 E-Series in September and that should be the last year for it. Keep in mind that this is not 100% sure at this point in time, but it is the latest information Ford marketing has...


Maybe Ford will do a New Coke, Netflix, or Verizon thing and say oops, we were only testing the market.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 05, 2012 9:29 pm   Post subject: Re: 2013- Goodbye E Series Ford Vans

Saw a Mitsubishi Fuso in Fresno when we picked up our SMB.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 05, 2012 10:39 pm   Post subject: Re: 2013- Goodbye E Series Ford Vans

rionapo wrote:
Saw a Mitsubishi Fuso in Fresno when we picked up our SMB.


At SMB?
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 05, 2012 11:27 pm   Post subject: Re: 2013- Goodbye E Series Ford Vans

a Fuso box truck SMB?

NOW we're talking.

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 07, 2012 8:52 pm   Post subject: Re: 2013- Goodbye E Series Ford Vans

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 2012 2:11 pm   Post subject: Re: 2013- Goodbye E Series Ford Vans

here is the latest news from Ford about the E-Series Vans. They will continue the white cargo van "initially".

http://www.autoblog.com/2011/12/08/how- ... d%3D125973
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 2012 6:37 pm   Post subject: Re: 2013- Goodbye E Series Ford Vans

I got to say, I'm down like a clown if the alternative is the Nissan. I know the E-Series is beloved, but I can actually see myself in an SMB on the new platform.
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