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History of the Ford Transit Cargo Van

Although the Ford Transit Cargo has been in production since 1965 in Western Europe and Australia, it made its way to North America in 2013. The Ford Transit Cargo is the third best-selling van of all time at over eight million sold as of 2016. The Ford Transit Cargo is classified as a Light Commercial Vehicle and it has been manufactured as a cargo and a passenger van since its inception. It is now in its Fourth Generation and that is where this article will pick up.

Ford's "One Ford" Global Plan can be likened to that of President Herbert Hoover's 1928 campaign speech when he said he wanted to see "A chicken in every pot, and a car in every garage," as long as it's a Ford, that is-and why not? Given Ford's history of many firsts, it's only fitting that every person in every country should have the opportunity to own a Ford; this was Henry Ford's dream, after all. The Transit is now being produced in North America, Europe, and Asia. back doors open on a Ford transit cargo van

The 2013 Ford Transit Cargo was designed to compete with similar class vehicles such as Mercedes-Benz, Vito/Viano and the Volkswagen Transporter T5. It was offered in two models: the Mid-size front wheel drive and the Full-size rear wheel drive. The Full-size rear wheel drive replaced the 40-year-old Econoline that many may remember. The front-wheel drive Transit of this generation is the first to be marketed and sold in Canada and the United States.

As of 2015, the Ford Transit received a complete makeover from the ground up. It now utilizes a unibody construction, offers three roof heights, five wheelbases, and there are four models from which to choose: Cargo Van, Passenger Wagon, Chassis Cab and Cutaway. You also have a choice of engines. There is the 3.7L Ti-VCT V6 standard engine that makes 275hp. This engine can be converted to use compressed natural gas or liquefied petroleum gas and offers an option of the Gaseous Engine Prep package. You can opt for 3.5L EcoBoost turbocharged V6 that makes 320hp. And a 3.2L Power Stroke inline 5-cylinder turbo diesel is available. All models are equipped with a 6-speed automatic transmission.

All Transits can be configured to suit your specific needs. The Transit Wagon can accommodate between 8 and 15 passengers and you have the option of aisle seating configurations. The Transit can also be configured to suit any trade with cubby holes and places to latch on cabinets, ladders, tools, drawers, etc. And if shag carpet, a powered subwoofer and a killer sound system are your deal, well, it's your Transit.

For 2016 the Transit Wagon is a much more personable version from that of its predecessors. It's roomy, airy, has great visibility, and can be configured in any number of ways with its many seating options that can accommodate up to 15 passengers. It is available in XL and XLT. Standard on the XL includes front air-conditioning, full power accessories, a six-speaker sound system, vinyl front seats, and a rear view camera.

The XLT adds rear air-conditioning, rear dome and map lights and reclining back seats, cruise control, rain-sensing wipers, a chrome grill, and more. Options include stand alone or upgrade packages such as leather seating, rear parking sensors, lane-departure warning system, Sync voice controls or Ford's new Sync 3 infotainment system with navigation, and satellite radio with a 6.5" touch screen display.

You can also opt for a Builders Prep package that omits rear seating and floor covering, and adds privacy glass. The 2016 Ford Transit Wagon carries over its engine options beginning with the standard 3.7-liter V6 with the option of the turbocharged 3.5-liter V6. You can also opt for the 3.2-liter diesel.

The 2016 Ford Transit Cargo Van offers good visibility, has a fresh and open cabin that makes you feel comfortable and safe and not claustrophobic as with some vans. The Transit Cargo Van comes in one trim but with many wheel base options. You can choose from the Transit 150, 250 or 350, depending on gross vehicle weight ratings. Standard are a rearview camera, 16" steel wheels, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, cargo area tie-down loops, full power accessories and front air-conditioning.

Options can be had stand-alone or by choosing from several different packages. These can include lane-departure warning, different axle ratios, dual sliding rear cargo doors, rear parking sensors, cruise control, rear air-conditioning, a spray-in-liner for the cargo area, Sync with a 4" multifunction display or you can opt for the Sync 3 infotainment interface with navigation. A heavy-duty towing package is also available.

All Transit Vans have a six speed automatic transmission with Ford's SelectShift manual mode, they are all rear-wheel drive, and are equipped with a base engine with a 3.7L V6 that makes 275hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. You can opt for a turbocharged 3.2-liter five-cylinder diesel that makes 185 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque or a turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 that makes 310 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque. All Transit vans have stability control.

Angela Krause Ford Lincoln in Alpharetta, Georgia has a full inventory of the Transit Cargo Van and Transit Wagon. This offspring of the 40-year-old Ford Econoline is like no other van on the road. It handles like a car, tows like a truck, and can haul all the cargo you need to get from point A to point Z and to all points in between. We are near the Mansell Road Humane Society, North Point Mall, Milton, Sandy Springs, Cumming, Buford, and Gainesville. Come in today and let us help you to configure the Transit Cargo Wagon or Van into exactly what you need to make your life easier.