Ford Motor Company will be ending sales of the Transit Connect small van in North America after the 2023 model year, as reported by an Emkay news release.
A Ford representative confirmed the decision in an email with Government Fleet stating that "In combination with our efforts to reduce global manufacturing cost and complexity, alongside decreased demand for the compact van segment, Ford Motor Company has made the decision to end importing Transit Connect cargo and passenger vans to the U.S. and Canadian markets at the conclusion of this model year (2023)."
Ford is expected to continue production of the Transit Connect van at the Valencia, Spain assembly facility with sales also continuing in European markets.
Ford's decision to discontinue sales of the van in the U.S. falls in line with other market departures such as Ram, which announced last year it would end production of the ProMaster City van. Other automotive manufacturers to leave the small van market in recent years include General Motors and Nissan. Last year, Mercedes-Benz announced it would end sales of the Metris van in the U.S. after the 2023 model year.
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