Ford will build the next generation of its Transit commercial van in Russia starting later this year and the full-size van will be assembled at the Ford Sollers plant in Elabuga in the second half of the year.
Ford Sollers began building the current Transit in Russia in 2012 and the Elabuga plant will continue to make the outgoing model until the all-new Transit goes on sale later this summer.
The Transit is one of the most important vehicles in the Ford lineup because of the huge demand globally for commercial vehicles. More than 7 million have been sold worldwide since its introduction in Europe in 1965.
Ford invested $1 billion to retool its Kansas City plant and added 1, 000 workers to build the new Transit in the US, too. It will go on sale in North America in the summer. The Transit comes with a choice of three lengths, two roof heights and a number of engines.
For the Russian market, Ford is offering three output levels of the 2.2-liter diesel engine: 125, 135 and 155 horsepower. All have a standard six-speed manual transmission and a choice of front-, rear- and all-wheel drive. Body styles are van, chassis cab and bus. This new generation of the Transit offers 11% more cargo room than the outgoing model and was designed to be more fuel efficient.