Ford Motor Co. started production today of the Transit commercial van at its Claycomo plant.
The company has a lot riding on the van, new to North America, because it will replace its E-series vans, which have been the best-selling commercial van in the United States. Ford said the Transit is a big advancement over the E-series, formerly Econoline, and is expected to pull in new customers.
The Claycomo plant is beginning with one shift building 300 Transits per day and will add a second shift later this year.
“We’re really confident about the Transit’s competitiveness,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford’s president of the Americas.