Great point...I have already decided that there is a zero percent chance that I will order a transit until I physically drive one, see the actual interior trim, with some of the options that I will be wanting. I specifically went to the huge Chicago Auto Show 12 months ago to check it out. They did have one Transit there, but it was closed up and had it roped off. It was pointless for it to be there, and the Ford reps were clueless and uninformed. Maybe the 2014 auto show in Chicago (in early Feb) this year will actually be helpful. If anybody hears or sees any reputable info on the transit being at the chicago auto show, please post.
Couldn't agree more! Seems I always know more than the sales rep about the vehicle I am interested in, at least with the internet I can usually find the answer myself. To be fair , sales reps need to know a little about all of the models they may be asked about, & I am just looking for specifics on 1 model.Unfortunately, any time frame or expected order time to actual delivery times are just guesses at this point. I research things pretty thoroughly before I buy, and would suggest that the members of this forum probably already know more about the Transit than alot of Ford dealer employees that you will try to seek information from. We are just WAY more interested in this van than your average Ford employee at your average local dealer. Not necessarilly smarter, just more anxious. I'm just glad I can wait it out, as my GMC savana is apparently not ready to die yet. Minus 10 degrees this am, started right up, went on 6 business calls, kept me warm all day, life is ok even if Ford seems to be taking its time.
The account I read said 175 people will be hired by March 2014 for Transit production. I think the 1000 figure is projected, perhaps at full production, with many of those hired for the 2015 F150 which will also be produced at the Kansas City plant. I would guess it will be August or September before Transits are available.The news has stories about 1000 people being hired for Transit production at KC plant. Doubt that Ford would hire folks to stand around. Would be very surprised if we do not see Transits before late summer.
Careful in interpreting "early"....you might WANT that to mean something other than its actual meaning. For example, my kids home from college break last month were getting up "early" in the morning. Their "early" meant 10-11am....I was already working three hours before their "early". Part of the marketing of these new vans is also done in a manner to not only want you to buy their product, but also hold off on buying someone elses. I believe there are alot of folks wanting to pull the trigger on a van purchase, and soon as they are able to see the transit in person, will then be able to get a ford, settle with a promaster, or roll the dice and grab a sprinter.Ford's website does now list the Transit as being available "early 2014", perhaps it will be here before summer?
Not buying a "first" vehicle out of the factory is very smart. I'd say first 6 months.