As Ford Authority reported back in March, the Ford Transit Connect will be discontinued in the U.S. following the 2023 model year, marking the end of an era for the small van. Order banks for the 2023 Ford Transit Connect closed back in February, but it seems as if the automaker isn’t done building it just yet. In fact, sources familiar the matter have told Ford Authority that 2023 Ford Transit Connect production will end at the Valencia Assembly plant in Spain in late December.
2023 Ford Transit Connect production will officially end on December 22nd, 2023, giving it until nearly the end of the year. For now, there are no plans to replace the van in North America, but it’s possible that the Ford Transit Custom could takes its place in that lineup, though it’s currently unclear if such plans are in place.
Ford said the decision to stop selling the Transit Connect in North America was made as part of its “efforts to reduce global manufacturing cost and complexity, alongside decreased demand for the compact van segment.” Ford currently imports the Transit Connect from Spain, but was planning on building the next-gen version in Mexico on the Ford C2 platform, which already underpins the Ford Bronco Sport and Ford Maverick. Instead, the new, Europe-only model will live on as a rebadged Volkswagen model underpinned by that automaker’s MQB platform, like the Tourneo Connect.
Small van sales have been in decline for some time now, so this move doesn’t come as a major surprise. This likely also played a big part in Ford’s decision to exit the U.S. market in that regard, while it continues to expand its full-size Transit lineup with the all-electric E-Transit and the Transit Trail, which is a new, off-road-focused variant already on sale in Europe that recently joined the automaker’s U.S. lineup as well.