Ford’s joint venture with Navistar on Class 6 and 7 vehicles will come to an end in 2016 when the company launches new, redesigned Ford F-650 and F-750 trucks. Scheduled to be introduced in mid-2015 for the 2016 model year, the new trucks will be 100% Ford – with a Ford powerplant and Ford transmission. They will also come with a choice of hydraulic or air brakes.
The current F-650s and F-750s are built in Mexico, and feature Allison transmissions and Cummins engines.
The new lines will be built at the company’s Ohio plant where production of the majority of the E-Series line of commercial vehicles is wrapping up.
E-350 and E-450 trucks in cutaway and “strip chassis” iterations will continue to be available in North America, at least until the end of the decade.
These are the highest gross-vehicle-weight rated vehicles in the line, with up to 6577 kg (14,500 lb.) capacities. Typically used for school buses, shuttle vans, and ambulances, the new Transit models simply don’t have the same cargo capability.