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Anyone read of more info on this development: Ford will soon end production of passenger “multivans” like the Transit Connect

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Anyone read of more info on this development: "According to Reuters, Ford will soon end production of passenger “multivans” like the Transit Tourneo and Transit Tourneo Connect (that's the Euro name for the Transit Connect)." Do you think this means 2019 is the last model, or further out? Thoughts?

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Very Interesting!

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That looks to only affect the passenger wagons in Europe, not the cargo vans. Ford is doing essentially the same thing here in the states, stopping car production by 2022 except for Mustang & the new Focus Active (I think that was the name of it, some crossover thing that just recently came out & looks similar to Subaru Outback). All we'll have here is 'Stang, trucks, SUV's and CUV/crossovers because passenger car sales are abysmal. 

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Makes sense.  Other than people on this forum, nobody buys these cars.  Every one I see is commercial use.  

 

 

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@govandlaw - Thanks for sharing - interesting read.

Curious to know how the sales are divided between cargo and wagon models.

I see mostly cargo models in SoCa and most appear to be fleet type vehicles for repair services. Very popular now. Occasionally I'll see a wagon model but not very often.

I wonder if Ford would consider building the TC in the US now that the Gen 2 TC is building some momentum. Sure would be cool to cut down on that long lead time for import from Spain.

MBenz is building the 2019 Sprinters in South Carolina now rather than building in Europe and then disassembling for import to the US, which seems ludicrous if you think about it.

 

 

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7 hours ago, windguy said:

 

I wonder if Ford would consider building the TC in the US now that the Gen 2 TC is building some momentum. Sure would be cool to cut down on that long lead time for import from Spain.

MBenz is building the 2019 Sprinters in South Carolina now rather than building in Europe and then disassembling for import to the US, which seems ludicrous if you think about it.

 

 

 

 

Politics.  Not even Trump politics.  Chicken Tax goes way back.  

 

What makes sense to you, does not make sense to the guys with the calculators.  What they are doing is the most cost effective way to sell the car and make a profit.  

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 I have the feeling that most of the TC's  are used in the EU market to Spain is a more central location. I just hope that the Passenger model sells enough to continue.

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Interesting how Ford and GM are abandoning the car market.  Last week I drove over to Atlanta.  Left downtown at 4:50PM - right into the heart of rush hour.  What did I see?  An interstate filled with SUVs?  No, it was cars everywhere with some SUV mixed in.  I think they have just given up on the car market because it is too difficult for them to compete with the Japanese and Korean cars.  Certainly lots of SUVs are being sold but when you go into a Chevy dealership, what kind of cars do they have?  Not much that interests me, Ford had a good car in the Focus but didn't stay on top of the market and keep it updated with current trends.  If you look at the Honda Civic Sport it is very similar to the Ford Focus ST, the Honda Clarion is very similar to the Chevy Volt.  I put the blame on poor leadership.  Both Ford and GM have plenty of talented engineers and designers but WAY too many accountants and a lack of leadership with a vision.  OK that's my rant for today.

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1 hour ago, PhotoAl said:

 OK that's my rant for today.

Thanks,  Ford and GM are under the instant profit model .  The good long term decisions are displaced by short term stock price pressures. 

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2 hours ago, PhotoAl said:

 Ford had a good car in the Focus but didn't stay on top of the market and keep it updated with current trends.

 

 

 

They dropped the ball with the Taurus.  Toyota Camry & Honda Accord stole the market segment, because Ford failed to keep the vehicle up to date.  Not that there weren't other issues.  The Taurus just did not compete price wise, mileage wise, or comfort wise.  Even today, I would buy a Honda, over any American small car, if I needed a small car.

 

 

2 hours ago, PhotoAl said:

 WAY too many accountants and a lack of leadership with a vision

 

 

Maybe.  Maybe not. The accountants figured out that the company was so far behind in the small car segment, that they may as well give up and focus on the vehicles which sell at a profit.  The accountants are the ones who figured out that it was cheaper to import a passenger van, strip it to sell as a cargo van, and it would still be more cost effective compared to USA production.  The accountants figured out that it was not economically feasible to continue to market the Mercury Brand.  The leadership has a vision of profit.  They can see the numbers on the spreadsheet, presented by the accountants.  

 

While the consumer who may want to buy American is left behind.......we'll all figure out that Honda is produced in Ohio, and we actually are buying American.  

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13 hours ago, G B L said:

 I just hope that the Passenger model sells enough to continue.

 

 

The sales figures don't look that way.  But an aftermarket may develop.  With the low price point on cargo vans, Transit Connect may become something offered by coach builders who do custom conversions.  Maybe we'll bet the stretched version with a wet bar.

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11 hours ago, Fifty150 said:

Maybe we'll bet the stretched version with a wet bar

Damn , too late for me  gave up drinking.

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