When Daimler started selling its Sprinter van in North America – first as a Freightliner, then as a Mercedes-Benz and even a Dodge – it found companies on this side of the Atlantic were as keen to get their hands on a European-style van as, well, European companies are. But the Sprinter is about to get some European competition from... an American automaker.

That Ford makes certain products for overseas markets is nothing new, but as part of its drive to standardize its lineup around the world, the Blue Oval automaker is apparently planning on bringing its full-size Transit van Stateside.

Not only is it bringing the Transit to the American market, but it will also be building it here, too. The news is confirmed by a recent United Auto Workers announcement that reveals that, with production of the next-generation Escape moving to Louisville, Kentucky, the Transit will be assembled for local consumption alongside the F-150 pickup truck at the Kansas City plant.

According to Car and Driver sources, in order to avoid confusion with the smaller Transit Connect, the big van will be badged as a T-Series in this market, with nameplates like T-250, T-450 and T-550 – similar to the F-Series trucks, and more pertinently, the E-Series vans that used to be known as the Econoline. They can call it whatever they want; we just hope we get a version of the UK-market limited-edition SportVan pictured above.


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      gork
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks like a great basis for a camper conversion, IMO.
      stclair5211
      • 3 Years Ago
      I love how they think Americans are too stupid to understand the Transit and Transit Connect are completely different vehicles. Sad part is... Ford is right.
      Paul P.
      • 3 Years Ago
      So will it be replacing the E-series or will the E-series be offered along side?
        Andrew L
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Paul P.
        Its possible they may keep the e series super duty for ambulances and busses
          creamwobbly
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Andrew L
          Not sure how big the E-series gets for buses, but Ford offers up to 15 seats. (I've seen 21 seat versions, are these aftermarket conversions?) Same with the Transit -- 15 seats is the biggest Ford will offer (that I could find in 2 minutes). If you need bigger, go talk to a... well, a bus manufacturer. :-\
        Synthono
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Paul P.
        I suspect it'll be the same deal Ford did years ago when the Aerostar was replaced by the Windstar - they'll be sold in parallel for a year to appease the doubters, but the E-series will be phased out slowly.
          Ace Convoy
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Synthono
          The Aerostar was still better XD But the Aerostar was more of a Ranger wagon than a Van. They could've kept it around as such. But then again the Explorer was really just a Ranger Wagon...
        Dean Hammond
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Paul P.
        replaces e-250 and e-150, the e350 and cutaways remain for high payload applications.........
      whofan
      • 3 Years Ago
      I`d call it the Econoline. This would be a good new transformation for the Econoline. Why try to sell a new name? A new Econoline is what we need and this is it.
        stclair5211
        • 3 Years Ago
        @whofan
        Because a lot of faithful econoline buyers will never switch. Not right away thus sell both vans side by side for awhile.
      creamwobbly
      • 3 Years Ago
      Mixed feelings about "T-series". Pretty much every British band started out knocking about the country in a Transit (even if it was in reality a Bedford van). Besides, is the US market really so ignorant that they can't distinguish a Transit and a Transit Connect? Of course, they really should have dropped the "Transit" part of "Transit Connect" when they brought that over here, because they knew they'd be bringing the original van over at some point.
      Kevin Miller
      • 3 Years Ago
      Coming soon to a school zone near you...
      bisquee
      • 3 Years Ago
      Toss some windows and seats in that thing and be right over
      Tom Cottage
      • 3 Years Ago
      "The big van will be badged as a T-Series..." I think the bad way for the ONE FORD marketing.
      Myself
      • 3 Years Ago
      A modern van comes to America. Of course, years after Mercedes Sprinter.... aka Dodge Sprinter :-)
      Rick Stroud Auto Inc
      • 3 Years Ago
      I like it. Have to say I have found the vans in the USA rather boring.
      Jay
      • 3 Years Ago
      I LOVE the racing stripes
      Dane Grant
      • 3 Years Ago
      Might be a good replacement for my 2002 Eurovan.... if the options were right (6speed manual and diesel).... Otherwise I will keep may transporter. I think my Eurovan might just be a collector's item in the near future... Only car I have had that went up in value....
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