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"Overall, the 2014 Ford Transit is nothing short of amazing. We just can't say enough about the new Transit, and want to pass the word along to all of our friends and neighbors. Come on in to Athens Ford and see the new 2014 Transit. Hope to see you soon!"


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"Overall, the 2014 Ford Transit is nothing short of amazing. We just can't say enough about the new Transit, and want to pass the word along to all of our friends and neighbors. Come on in to Athens Ford and see the new 2014 Transit. Hope to see you soon!"


Is this to be believed?
They probably are referring to the Transit Connect, dealers can be very obtuse.
 

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Yea i was just going to say its like the new TC, a buddy of mine whos a ford tech said they just got them in at his place as well. Not sure if i like the Fiesta style front end TBH...

 

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the front end actually looks amazing. reminds me a lot of the focus hatch, taurus sedan and even a bit of the Escape.
 

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I am surprised that neither the NV200/Chev, or the Transit Connect can fit any 4'x8' sheet goods. The Ram CV can & it is an older design.
 

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"Overall, the 2014 Ford Transit is nothing short of amazing. We just can't say enough about the new Transit, and want to pass the word along to all of our friends and neighbors. Come on in to Athens Ford and see the new 2014 Transit. Hope to see you soon!"


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Nope....I guess not...

"Hello Scott,

We do not have a Transit on the lot yet. I would be happy to call you when I get one if you would like. They have started taking orders for them so I am guessing not too long from now.

Thank you for working with me!

Kevin Miner
Athens Ford
Internet Sales"
 

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Nope....I guess not...

"Hello Scott,

We do not have a Transit on the lot yet. I would be happy to call you when I get one if you would like. They have started taking orders for them so I am guessing not too long from now.

I still think he is referring to the Transit Connect.
Yesterday I stopped at a local Ford dealer & spoke to the commercial sales manager. He had no information about Transit pricing, & was extremely reluctant to talk about when they will be available. He mentioned the disappointment some of his fleet buyers have had because of the delays, & how at least 1 fleet customer has bought Sprinters to replace their Econolines. "When I can put my hands on one, I'll know they are available", is what he told me.
He did say that Transit Connects were in the pipeline & would be arriving soon.
 

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Nope....I guess not...

"Hello Scott,

We do not have a Transit on the lot yet. I would be happy to call you when I get one if you would like. They have started taking orders for them so I am guessing not too long from now.

I still think he is referring to the Transit Connect.
Yesterday I stopped at a local Ford dealer & spoke to the commercial sales manager. He had no information about Transit pricing, & was extremely reluctant to talk about when they will be available. He mentioned the disappointment some of his fleet buyers have had because of the delays, & how at least 1 fleet customer has bought Sprinters to replace their Econolines. "When I can put my hands on one, I'll know they are available", is what he told me.
He did say that Transit Connects were in the pipeline & would be arriving soon.



My Ford Dealer is taking Transit orders and has pricing information. He said that the orders would be processed but would wait in queue until production begins. He didn't know exactly when production would begin but that delivery would be sometime in Summer. Here is the info I posted in the Pricing thread:


I stopped by a Ford dealer today, spoke with the Fleet sales guy and priced out 350 Wagon XLT 148" long WB (not extended length). The Long WB Wagon comes with standard 12 passenger seating, probably 2-3-3-4. I asked about options for fewer seats and they did not seem to be available. If one ordered the extended length, the standard seating is 15 passenger (2-3-3-3-4) and seemed to require dual rear wheels. Again, fewer seats did not seem to be an option. There was not an option for any captain's seats behind the cab. To get as much pricing info as I could, I threw in a few things I might not actually order. Here is the Sticker Priced Vehicle:


X2X Transit 350 XLT Wagon 148WB $40,750
302A XLT Trim
UX Color Ingot Silver $150
17K Windows all around with 2nd row flip up $460
43R Reverse parking Aid Sensors $295
53B Trailer Tow Pkg $465
543 Power mirrors $65
61C Rear View Camera $250
63E Dual Batteries $295
68H Running Board $160
92E Privacy Glass $675
Destination Charge $995


Total MSRP $44,560


Fleet Price offered: $42,728


Orton: I was told that an ambulance package is not available unless one is actually building an ambulance.
 

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The sales person I spoke to was relating some of the frustration his fleet customers have regarding the delayed Transit. I can appreciate his not wanting to give a time frame for their availability, when giving one in the past has been so far off for this vehicle. I am sure it will be summer before they are available. Not sure why he didn't have pricing information, this dealer has a good size commercial sales dept.
 

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Silver color $150. Why does MB get $1000 for that in a Sprinter? I guess because suckers like me were willing to fork it over.
 

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Silver color $150. Why does MB get $1000 for that in a Sprinter? I guess because suckers like me were willing to fork it over.
I think MB is going to see serious market erosion once the PM & Transit get fully into the market. The competition should be good for consumers, maybe even get that silver color option more realistically priced.
 

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At least MB has many other ways to bring in cash, especially with their new entry-level passenger vehicles.
 

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Daimler in Europe is huge into the large transport game. Plenty of revenue streams...
I'm not suggesting that Sprinter competition will bring Mercedes to it's knees. They have had a section of the US commercial van market (tall & long) mostly to themselves, & shortly will have another competitor, Ford, that will take some of their sales, PM & Nissan will also take some of their sales & I think this combination of competitors will impact Sprinter sales. They have about 10% of the van market, I would not be surprised to see Sprinter with 7-8% in a couple of years.
 
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