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Old 11-17-2007, 11:05   #1 (permalink)
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confused Stopping production of minivans

Is this correct i went to Ford's website and it has no minivans for 2008 does anyone know about this?
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Old 11-23-2007, 21:13   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Stopping production of minivans

Yes, that is correct, however the Ford Flex should be coming as a 2009 and it will be minivan-sized.
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Old 11-25-2007, 09:08   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Stopping production of minivans

no sliding doors though for the handicapped i guess i will have to buy used then buy my first non ford ever
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Re: Stopping production of minivans

The Freestar is no more! I would imagine the current Taurus X took sales from the Freestar. The ford flex is a box on wheels, better off to get an E150 pass van. Less weight, larger overall and standard V8.
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Re: Stopping production of minivans

There's also the Mazda5 which is Ford-related and has sliding doors. It's smaller though.
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Re: Stopping production of minivans

The Mazda5 is also nicely styled for a mini-mini-van. But I wouldn't want to have 7ppl in it (kids or otherwise) with just that 4cylinder engine under hood would make for less than leisurely performance.
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Re: Stopping production of minivans

It looks like the Transit Connect minivan is coming in early 2009. There was some talk of its big brother (Transit) crossing the pond as well but no solid news yet.
I have an old but dependable Aerostar AWD that I hope to replace with a similar truck rated van before it's too late. The Connect is a bit small and only a 5 seater so I'm really hoping that the AWD Tourneo (passenger version of the full size Transit) will make it here soonish.
My main reason for finding out about these vans is that my Ranger pickup is just not the vehicle I need for my company and as you said all the minivans are gone. Even the last of those really were only large station wagons, not really up to commercial use.
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Re: Stopping production of minivans

Ford should have kept the Aerostar in production, even if they only sold 40,000 units annually they'd be making a descent profit off of it still. It'll be interesting to see what the diesel/van/light truck market brings before 2010
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Re: Stopping production of minivans

I have gotten confirmation that Ford is bringing the Transit Connect at least to Canada. The following is an excerp from an email between a lease dealer and a Ford fleet exec:
"The Transit Connect is planned to be here in the 2010 MY. Diesel has not been confirmed as of yet but the vehicle should be here then. More details to follow. How many do you want?"

It may showup at the Chicago autoshow as well.
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Old 01-26-2008, 06:30   #10 (permalink)
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If Ford knows whats good for them they better import a vehicle with their Duratorq diesel engine, or I have a feeling it won't make it here on small gas engines alone. The transit is a good van. With any luck it'll make it up to the Toronto AutoShow as well...at some point.
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