2013 Ford Transit Connect to Be Built in U.S.; Next-Gen Focus, Fiesta On Track

The 2010 Transit Connect has just made its debut in the U.S., but Ford is already turning its attention to the next-generation van, which may be built in America.

Citing supplier and industry sources, Automotive News is reporting that the 2013 Ford Transit Connect will be built in the U.S., riding on the same platform as the next-generation Ford Focus, due in 2010.

According to Automotive News’s sources, the 2013 Transit Connect–which is currently built on an older European Focus platform–will migrate to Ford’s all-new global compact platform, which the automaker will use for the next-gen Focus worldwide. The commercial van will be built in either Wayne, Michigan, or Louisville, Kentucky, where Ford has two plants that are being retooled to build vehicles on its global compact platforms.

The 2010 Ford Transit Connect went on sale this month. According to Lan Deluca, Ford’s director of commercial truck sales and marketing, the automaker has imported about 600 of the vans, “with a bunch on the way.”

In a separate story, Ford’s product development chief Derrick Kuzak told Automotive News that both the next-gen Focus and the 2011 Fiesta are on track to debut next year.

“Right now, both of those programs remain on target,” he said in an interview. “And on the Fiesta side, launching in the U.S., we will be building on some very good momentum because the vehicle has already launched in other regions of the world.”

The Fiesta, which will be produced in Mexico, should be available in the first half of 2010, while the Focus is expected later in the year. The Fiesta is already on sale in Europe and China, while the Focus will be entirely new when it debuts.

Source: Automotive News