The 2010 Ford Transit Connect, which went on sale earlier this month, is currently imported from Turkey; however, by the end of summer 2012, Ford’s commercial van could be produced in U.S. assembly plants. Supplier and industry sources told Automotive News that production of the 2013 model year Transit Connect vans is expected to kick off in the middle of 2012.
The two assembly candidates for the commercial van are Wayne, Mich., and Louisville, Ky.
What’s the reason for this? Ford’s use of global platforms. By 2012, the Wayne and Louisville plants will be retooled to produce vehicles on Ford’s new front-wheel-drive global compact platform. The platform will also underpin the next Focus and many other models.
According to Ford’s director of commercial truck sales and marketing Len Deluca, Ford has imported about 600 units of the Transit Connect “with a bunch on the way.” An electric-version will arrive in the second quarter of 2010.
2010 Ford Transit Connect:
– By: Omar Rana