The rumor was Ford and GM were to bring over Euro vans at the time of the Sprinter, but due to $ exchange, that did not happen.
Actually, another speculation is, Ford could make a killing in niche markets, such as a "Ford Escort" sized van. The other rumbling is the importation of a small under 2.0 truck or "Bakkie". That is the big void here in the States, when even the smallest of pick ups are huge now.
I imagine this would replace the discontinued cargo-mini vans that are so popular with pretty much anyone who needs a utility vehicle that is inclosed, you can't really find any small utility vehicles, and if you own your own buissness and travle much it's easy to see how much money is tossed at operating a larger vehicle, so if the market them right they seem like they would be extreamly popular.
The transit + Transit Connect (the small one) come with Common-Rail turbodiesel engines, and are very good on fuel economy!. It would be good if they found a market - you can get a lot of stuff, even in the small 'Transit Connect', and it costs so much less to drive around (e.g. would be useful for a mobile plumber / electrician etc).
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