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Old 03-28-2013, 08:29 AM   #16
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I don't think there's any way it will be cheaper than the Sprinter. Ford pricing has moved to the premium side of every class they are in since Alan Mulally took over, and with an engine needing to be shipped over from another country, there's no reason to expect that to change.
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Old 03-28-2013, 09:12 AM   #17
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Like the concept, hate the nose. It reminds me of this:
It's inevitable, the concept in itself is ugly, not just one brand. The old vans, they look good with a short nose because proportion wise they fit- look in the pics above, the van looks better in the low roof configuration. The new style, with the oversized cargo space just doesn't fit- and there's no way someone gonna add a bigger nose just to please the eye
Once inside, who the heck cares as long as it drives nicely.

And no worries, Ford, unlike MB (who has a bad rep in Europe rust wise too), had solid bodies. Will it last 10 years plus like my current one with no rust? Time will tell...

I hope they didn't touch the engine (talking about the 3.2 duratorq , don't care about the other ones), it works just fine on other markets- mileage in other markets goes up to 28mpg. Same with the van, it's not like we're talking about a new vehicle, just new to NA.


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Old 03-28-2013, 11:08 AM   #18
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It's inevitable, the concept in itself is ugly, not just one brand. The old vans, they look good with a short nose because proportion wise they fit- look in the pics above, the van looks better in the low roof configuration. The new style, with the oversized cargo space just doesn't fit- and there's no way someone gonna add a bigger nose just to please the eye
It's not the length of the nose, it's that ugly-ass grille.
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Old 03-28-2013, 11:10 AM   #19
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This config looks pretty good:


Has a decent cargo height (if it is the same as the promaster with a 100.8" roof height should be right @ 6' for cargo bay height), decent proportions, and with the ecoboost or diesel should have plenty of power. Me likey. Being Ford, I imagine these are going to be significantly less money than the Sprinters, or at least they better be, considering Ford is the staple of industry along with the GM Express/Savana.
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Old 03-28-2013, 03:40 PM   #20
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Not sure about the RV industry, it's a unibody so wouldn't that be a lot of work to keep it together/stong while putting a new body pretty much on it.
Sprinter is a unibody too.
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Old 03-28-2013, 03:46 PM   #21
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Ford will price the Transit $ 200 below MB.
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Old 03-28-2013, 04:11 PM   #22
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Anyone know towing capacity ? I couldn't find it on the Ford web site.
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Old 03-28-2013, 04:34 PM   #23
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Total Ford Transit and Connect sales in Europe to date - 10,900 units.
Not a large market. This is for the 19 European countries. Ford has roughly 7 percent of the entire market. Add a new diesel engine into the mix, I think I'll wait a couple model years.
But at least they are headed in the right direction.
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Old 03-28-2013, 07:56 PM   #24
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I don't think there's any way it will be cheaper than the Sprinter. Ford pricing has moved to the premium side of every class they are in since Alan Mulally took over, and with an engine needing to be shipped over from another country, there's no reason to expect that to change.
They did ok with pricing on the Explorer when it had a German engine and a French transmission.
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Old 03-28-2013, 08:51 PM   #25
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Sprinter is a unibody too.
If you go to the Ford website, they show a cutaway version for sale.
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Old 03-28-2013, 09:33 PM   #26
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I don't think there's any way it will be cheaper than the Sprinter. Ford pricing has moved to the premium side of every class they are in since Alan Mulally took over, and with an engine needing to be shipped over from another country, there's no reason to expect that to change.
Again, I have to think that going after fleet sales will be enough reason to price them aggressively. They're not going to sell tens of thousands of vans to large companies just because it looks euro and the fleet purchaser likes the smell of diesel.
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Old 03-29-2013, 04:43 AM   #27
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These are/will be avail in Canada...saw a brochure for one at the local Nissan dealer when I had Mrs. H's Rogue in for a service.

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Old 03-29-2013, 09:13 AM   #28
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The problem with Nissan is their fuel mileage. Terrible !
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Old 03-29-2013, 09:33 AM   #29
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These are/will be avail in Canada...saw a brochure for one at the local Nissan dealer when I had Mrs. H's Rogue in for a service.

Yeah , but thats Canada .Thats like a whole different country .
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Old 03-29-2013, 10:06 AM   #30
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Again, I have to think that going after fleet sales will be enough reason to price them aggressively. They're not going to sell tens of thousands of vans to large companies just because it looks euro and the fleet purchaser likes the smell of diesel.
I really like the short wheelbase, low roof version of this to replace my E series van. First, the E series vans suck for leg room in the front seats and first row. My field crews bitch all the time. Second the mileage sucks in every model. Third every one I have ever driven including my current 2010 E-350 drives like crap.

So I am glad this is finally here. The E series was getting pretty long in the tooth. We have already replaced our compact trucks with Transit Connects. Our crews like the way they drive and really like the room inside compared to compact trucks. I like that TC's are dirt cheap and get better mileage than compact trucks.

So, hopefully this will be priced just as aggressively as the TC and get decent mileage with a V6 gasser. No oil burners for me since that introduces fleet fueling issues.
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