First the Panther platform and now E-Series vans? That might be the case, according to a presentation shown to investors at a Ford press event held alongside the Frankfurt Motor Show. The discussion centered on how Ford is reducing costs by producing global vehicles on singular platforms. This includes its commercial van lineup, and it sounds like the entire bulk of that business will soon be shouldered by the Ford Transit.

The presentation was led by Ford CFO Lewis Booth. He showed slides to the audience, and the E-Series van was noticeably absent from his discussion. Wards Auto reached out to Ford for an official comment, but the automaker declined to talk about the matter.

The Blue Oval's actions speak louder than words, however, because preparations are already underway for the next generation of Europe's favorite commercial van. In addition to an investment in its Turkey plant, Ford has also sent out a proposal to the United Auto Workers union that discusses a new product to be built at the automaker's Avon Lake, Ohio facility starting in 2014.

That's the facility that just happens to be the current home of E-Series production.

Vaya con dios E-Series, you've served this country proudly since 1961.


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      scooter
      • 3 Years Ago
      At least 10 years overdue. Maybe 20?
      Darnell Robeson
      • 3 Years Ago
      cant say i didnt see this one coming...E-series is a great work van but very outdated and much less refined compared to the Sprinter vans
      Rob
      • 3 Years Ago
      For 85% percent of the E series buyers the transit will be able to meet or exceed what they need. If you need the serious towing capability Ford still has it's F series and Expedition to handle those jobs. I would assume they will still produce an E series super duty for a few years
      TangoR34
      • 3 Years Ago
      hope they keep the manual option. It's definitely a great driving van.
      cashsixeight
      • 3 Years Ago
      No surprise. The big 3's fullsize vans haven't really evolved/changed at all since at least the 80s.. they just keep updating the headlights/taillights and selling the same old crap.
        creamwobbly
        • 3 Years Ago
        @cashsixeight
        Don't forget the shiny chrome. Reminds me of the balloons around car dealers' shops. To quote Clarkson: "BALLOONS! That reminds me, I need an Audi!"
        JamesJ
        • 3 Years Ago
        @cashsixeight
        Actually GM's vans where all new in 1996. Now the van that it replaced was built back in 1970 making it 26 years old when it was discontinued.
      onewayroll
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's about time, enough said.
      cmd642
      • 3 Years Ago
      What, with a manual tranny? I would buy this just for that...lol
      Paul P.
      • 3 Years Ago
      The only downside I've seen in European style vans vs. American style vans, is that American vans can typically tow more. Otherwise, the European vans get better fuel economy, have more body configurations, drive better, and typically offer more payload capacity. As someone that runs a fleet of vans, I have no problem with the Transit replacing the E-series, as long as they have versions available that can tow as much as the E-series (10,000lbs). We looked at the Dodge/Mercedes/Freightliner Sprinter vans, but they're capped at 5,000 or 7,500lbs towing (depending on configuration), which doesn't work for some customers (ourselves included).
        creamwobbly
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Paul P.
        Is 6,500 Kg sufficient for you? That's over 14,000 lbs. Look for "GTM" -- "Gross Train Mass". Found on page 15 of the Ford Panel Vans specifications brochure. There's a link to the PDF at the end of this page: http://www.ford.co.uk/Commercialvehicles/Transit/WheelbaseandGrossVehicleMass PDF at this stupid URL: http://www.ford.co.uk/cs/BlobServer?blobtable=MungoBlobs&blobcol=urldata&blobheadervalue1=attachment%3Bfilename%3D%22Transit_eBrochure_and_specification[1]%2C0.pdf%22&blobheadervalue2=abinary%3Bcharset%3DUTF-8&blobheadername1=Content-Disposition&blobheadername2=MDT-Type&blobheader=application%2Fpdf&blobwhere=1214358447638&blobkey=id
          Robert Ryan
          • 3 Years Ago
          @creamwobbly
          Towing is not the word, transporting is a better choice. Europeans do not emphasis any towing aspect of a Van, it is the payload and interior dimensions that are more importan. Nonetheless the Transit can tow a 28-29ft 5h wheeler in Cab Chassis or Cutaway as you call it., form http://d454457.u23.fasthit.net/5th_wheelers/Showroom_Model/8.5m28_SlideOut_Layout_Show_Model_037/page_images/8.5m28_Slideout_scene_TransitHitched_SML_3232.jpg
        Robert Ryan
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Paul P.
        Towing is not part of the European Vans character. They were designed for Maximum payload, not towing and payload.I think the F series can handle the towing duties.
          creamwobbly
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Robert Ryan
          Saying that towing is not part of the European Vans character is missing the point completely... not to mention grammatically destitute.
      Orin O'Neill
      • 3 Years Ago
      The current Econoline/E-series was introduced in 1992. The one it replaced was introduced in 1974. New versions of the Transit are introduced much more frequently...
      BILL BONER
      • 3 Years Ago
      Damn, finally.
      JamesJ
      • 3 Years Ago
      Does the Transit van come available with double doors on the side? Some people don't care for sliding doors. Also how much would these vans cost? Sprinters are nice vans, but they are expensive.
        hans moleman
        • 3 Years Ago
        @JamesJ
        really? I can't think of any scenario where a non-sliding door on a utility van would be would be preferred over a sliding one..
          KellyC
          • 3 Years Ago
          @hans moleman
          Motorcyclists use these vans. We prefer the barn (ambulance) style doors.
      ojfltx
      • 3 Years Ago
      As long as they offer the 3.7 liter or the Ecoboost engines on it I think it will actually be a success.
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