Transiting Toward Diesel In The U.S.

Posted on March 28, 2012

In a speech in Detroit, a Ford official sad the company will offer diesel engine option for its new Transit full-size commercial van that goes on sale in the U.S. in 2013. The automaker did not disclose what diesel will go in the new van. It currently builds a 6.7 L diesel for its F Series heavy-duty pickup trucks and has also developed a 3.2 L common rail turbodiesel engine that will be used in the global version of the Ranger compact pickup truck.

"We are bringing the diesel back into the van business," Kevin Koswick, Ford's director of North American fleet, lease and remarketing operations, said during a speech to the Automotive Press Association in Detroit.

The Transit van, which will be built at the company’s Kansas City, Mo., facility, will replace the E-Series commercial van next year. The new vehicle will also be available with the 3.5 L EcoBoost V6 gasoline engine.