Filed under: Etc.
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Continue reading Autoblog Podcast #313 goes LIVE at 10PM Eastern!
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Goodbye, beloved Econoline
, hello Ford Transit
. Dearborn's new line of workhorse vans is debuting today... in Europe, but will be on these shores soon. No more being confused by European Transits
, these are Built Ford Tough for the North American market. More »
Filed under: Minivan/Van, Work, Ford
We love ourselves some Ford Transit Connect
. The funky-looking little vanlet is so endearingly functional that we're happy to forgive its lackluster drivetrain and questionable interior. Now it appears that Ford
aims to address at least one of these ails with its big brother, the upcoming larger Transit Van.
Ford has announced that buyers of the van that will eventually replace the aged Econoline in America will be able to order Ford's twin-turbo 3.5-liter EcoBoost
V6 engine that puts power to the Transit's rear wheels. Ford hasn't released any specifics on power output or fuel economy just yet, but the same engine is good for a heavenly 365 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque when bolted to the F-150
where it accounts for 40 percent of sales.
Even in that heavier chassis, the EcoBoost V6 returns 18 mpg combined compared to 23 mpg combined for the smaller Transit Connect Van with its 136-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. Ford also hasn't said what we can expect in terms of tow rating or gross vehicle weight, though those are certain to keep pace with the current E-Series
van as a result of the staggering amount of torque available from the turbocharged, direct-injection Ecoboost V6.
Continue reading Ford Transit van will be offered with EcoBoost V6
Ford Transit van will be offered with EcoBoost V6 originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 05 Mar 2012 17:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink
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In two years, New York City's taxicabs are scheduled to switch into fugly Nissan commercial vans
. Until then, it's a hodgepodge — one that grew today to include the Ford Transit Connect van, the Nissan's chief competition. More »
Filed under: Truck, Europe, Work, Chrysler, Rumormill, Fiat
Fiat Ducato - Click above for high-res image gallery
It's looking like Chrysler
may be ready to re-badge a couple more European vans and bring them to our shores. The automaker is reportedly weighing the option of bringing the pint-sized
Doblo, its bigger brother the Ducato and the seriously meaty Iveco Daily to these shores, all vans to be marketed under the recently minted Ram brand.
We figure that Chrysler would aim the Doblo squarely at the Ford Transit Connect
, another European hauler repurposed for the U.S., while the Ducato would slot nicely in the hole left by the departed Dodge Sprinter. For bigger jobs, enter the Iveco Daily, which sees use in nearly every other part of the world to haul just about anything.
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