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Ford Goes to Great Lengths To Ship 2015 Ford Transit


Just the Facts:
  • Ford came up with an innovative way to ship the new 2015 Ford Transit cargo vans to dealerships once the automaker realized they are too tall to fit into standard two-story rail cars.
  • Rail cars have been modified to fit the new Transit.
  • Ford said it plans to transport Transit vehicles by truck to its dealers within a 500-mile radius of the Kansas City Assembly Plant in Missouri where Transit is produced.

DEARBORN, Michigan — Ford came up with an innovative way to ship the new 2015 Ford Transit cargo vans to dealerships once the automaker realized they are too tall to fit into standard two-story rail cars.

Rail cars have been modified to fit the new Transit.

The Transit will arrive at U.S. dealerships this summer.

Ford said it plans to transport Transit vehicles by truck to its dealers within a 500-mile radius of the Kansas City Assembly Plant in Missouri where Transit is produced. Shipments traveling longer than 500 miles will be transported by rail.

"The new medium- and high-roof Transit vehicles are too tall to fit in the common two-story rail cars used by auto manufacturers, so Ford engineers worked with railroads and rail-car manufacturers to design an innovative rail car that accommodates all the roof-height variations of the new Transit," Ford said in a statement on Monday.

The modified rail cars will get the Transit into the hands of buyers "faster and more cost effectively," Ford noted.

The Transit vehicles are more than 110 inches tall. "When properly equipped," the Transit enables customers as tall as 6 feet 4 inches to stand upright in the vehicle, Ford said.

The automaker expects about 50 percent of Transit orders will be medium- and high-roof configurations.

The Transit eventually will replace Ford's popular E-Series lines of vans and wagons.

E-Series vans and wagons still will be available and sold side by side with Transit into this calendar year. Additionally, E-Series cutaway and stripped chassis will continue to be built and sold throughout most of the rest of the decade.

Edmunds says: A fascinating behind-the-scenes look at how the 2015 Ford Transit will get into showrooms and buyers' hands.

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