Ford and Galpin Auto Sports create Transit Skyliner Concept luxo-lounge on wheels


Ford is showcasing its new (to the US) full-size Transit vans at the New York Auto Show with the Transit Skyliner Concept "lounge on wheels." Since the 2015 model year Transit will offer two wheelbases, three roof heights, and three powertrains to accommodate multiple needs, expect to see custom van conversions and special-use vehicles like the Skyliner along with day-to-day utility and passenger vans. Ford worked with the customizers at Galpin Auto Sports ("Pimp my ride") to create this van with custom paint and wheels, a custom lounge interior, and vehicle electronics that can control the lighting, infotainment, sound, TVs, and more from a smartphone or tablet. The interior also features a 52-inch retractable Stewart movie screen and reclining seats (chairs?) for optimal cinematic viewing. The Transit Skyliner features the 3.5-liter EcoBoost® engine that is also available on Ford Transit vans. For more info regarding the electronics and equipment on the Skyliner Concept, check out the press release after the jump. this is just one of the many things you can do with your Transit van and Galpin Motor Sports in Los Angeles will be more than happy to build a Transit outfitted to your needs and dreams. (Galpin Motor Sports is a division of Galpin Motors, the largest retail Ford dealer in the US.) The Transit van line will be at your local Ford dealer this summer (see pics of the standard Transit as well as a press release for the standard Transit after the jump).

Source: Ford - Press releases (2) after the "read more" jump.

Standard Transit pics below...


Press Release:
Ford Transit Skyliner Concept Is a Private Jet on Wheels

  • Concept based on the all-new Ford Transit, showcasing vehicle’s capability and flexibility
  • Custom luxury motor coach designed with Ford Motor Company and built by Galpin Auto Sports provides immersive comfort and luxury
  • Four dynamic experience modes – theater, business, reception and travel – transform Skyliner’s environment and make the most of Ford Transit’s 487 cubic feet of interior space
The future of ultra-premium land transportation is here, and it comes with a spacious interior that morphs to support an immersive entertainment experience or a business meeting with the swipe of a smartphone.

Ford today unveils the Transit Skyliner Concept luxury van, illustrating the unlimited flexibility, versatility and capability of the all-new Transit, which goes on sale this summer.

Transit Skyliner embodies the spirit of luxury motor coaches and builds on the heritage of custom vans, showing how Ford Transit can be transformed to fit the needs of limousines and high-end transportation services as well as commercial fleets, shuttle providers and small-business owners.

Inside, Transit Skyliner can transform into four dramatic modes – theater, business, reception and travel – with movable custom-designed “throne” seats that reposition automatically, controlled by a smartphone or tablet:
  • Theater: Seats face the 52-inch retractable Stewart movie screen and recline for optimal cinematic viewing
  • Business: Motorized table unfolds and leather-trimmed seats are gathered around it for face-to-face conversation
  • Reception: Sliding door opens four feet wide and seats are arranged for easy entertaining while parked at an event
  • Travel: Passengers can adjust their reclining seats and retractable footrests for ultimate comfort and solitude
The entire interior – from seats to LED mood lighting – is integrated into a Crestron automation system controlled through a smartphone or tablet. The entertainment system also features Focal Utopia 7.2 surround sound with speakers handmade in France specifically for Transit Skyliner, a KVH DIRECTV satellite for HD TV and a Kaleidescape media server with storage space equivalent to more than 300 Blu-ray movies or more than 1,000 DVDs.

Refreshments can be served from Transit Skyliner’s built-in bar. Matching custom luggage complements the vehicle’s one-of-a-kind leather-trimmed seats.

“Traveling in Transit Skyliner is an experience unlike any other” says Tim Stoehr, Ford manager for commercial truck marketing. “You step into the vehicle and are immediately immersed in the custom interior and high-tech audiovisual environment. The next thing you know, you are arriving at your destination.”

The exterior of Transit Skyliner features a custom silver metallic paint scheme accented by contrasting lower trim, chrome highlights and custom Forgiato wheels. The dynamic design reflects Transit’s modern, European look.

“Transit Skyliner is the ultimate expression of a custom Transit,” Stoehr says. “We created the vehicle to highlight the potential of the Ford Transit platform for the limousine market and to showcase Transit as the next generation of modern, cool, fuel-efficient vans.”

Transit Skyliner features the 3.5-liter EcoBoost® engine available on Ford Transit.

With 487 cubic feet of cargo volume and an interior height of 81.5 inches in the long wheelbase/extended body high-roof model, Transit can be personalized to create a private jet for the road. Its unique custom limo design proves the capabilities of Ford Transit go beyond the needs of shuttles, commercial fleets and general contractors.

The 2015 model year Transit will offer two wheelbases, three roof heights and three powertrains to accommodate multiple needs without body modifications.

The exterior design for the Transit Skyliner originated out of Ford of Europe’s Design Studio in Dunton, England, and its execution was led by Melvin Betancourt, a Ford design manager, and Galpin Auto Sports President Beau Boeckmann.

Galpin Ford is the world’s largest Ford dealership and has a history of customizing vehicles that spans more than 60 years. Ford approached Galpin for this project because the group was at the forefront of the customized van trend of the late 1960s and 1970s and was among the pioneers in launching the conversion van industry. Galpin remains a longtime leader in conversion vans.

“We are sincerely excited to work with Ford in creating the future of luxury travel,” said Galpin Auto Sports’ Boeckmann. “Tapping our history of creating the conversion van segment in the 1960s and ’70s, as well as our recent high-tech work, together with Ford we have brought the modern ultra-premium van to life.

“Galpin is especially excited about the launch of the Transit, which builds on Ford’s commercial van leadership with a new design, making it the perfect platform from which to modify,” Boeckmann added.

Transit Skyliner will make its auto show debut at the New York International Auto Show on April 16 at Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.

About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 181,000 employees and 65 plants worldwide, the company’s automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford and its products worldwide, please visit corporate.ford.com.

About Galpin Motors
Galpin Motors, home to the world’s largest volume Ford dealership for the 24th consecutive year, was founded in 1946 and is headquartered in Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley. Galpin is comprised of a family of quality automobile brands that include Ford, Lincoln, Honda, Mazda, Subaru, Volkswagen, Volvo, Jaguar, Lotus and Aston Martin. For additional information on Galpin Motors and Galpin Auto Sports, contact Marketing Manager Jeff Skobin at 818-778-2540/jeff@galpin.com, visit the dealer at 15505 Roscoe Blvd., North Hills, Calif. 91343, like on Facebook at Facebook.com/GalpinMotors or visit www.galpin.com.

About Galpin Auto Sports
Galpin Auto Sports, located at 15600 Roscoe Blvd. in Van Nuys offers customizing and personalizing services on all new and pre-owned vehicles including collector and classic cars. For more information on Galpin Auto Sports’ unique products and services, please contact G.A.S. General Manager, Steve McCord (smccord@galpin.com), at (877)-GO-GAS-GO or visit the website at www.galpinautosports.com.


Press Release:
2015 Transit

Ford’s all-new full-size 2015 Transit van will provide professional tradesmen and commercial fleet customers unmatched fuel economy, innovative new configurations and leading versatility in the expanding commercial vehicle market.

  • All-new Transit van joins the nation’s best-selling lineup of commercial vehicles, giving Ford customers best-in-class fuel economy, the segment’s lowest cost of ownership, increased capability and Built Ford Tough durability
  • The 2015 Ford Transit offers the broadest lineup of configurations for full-size van customers, available in more variations than the competition combined – three body lengths; two wheelbases; three roof heights; and in van, wagon, chassis cab and cutaway variations
  • Ford Transit will achieve an average of 25 percent better fuel economy and haul at least 300 pounds more than today’s E-Series
The familiar van that delivers packages or shuttles you to the airport is about to change in a revolutionary way. Ford’s all-new full-size 2015 Transit van will provide professional tradesmen and commercial fleet customers unmatched fuel economy, innovative new configurations and leading versatility in the expanding commercial vehicle market.

With global commercial vehicle sales expected to grow by 4.8 million over the next several years to 21 million units annually by 2017, Transit represents a major opportunity.

Ford, the second-largest commercial vehicle manufacturer in the world and best-selling commercial vehicle brand in North America, is leveraging its One Ford product strategy to meet the needs of Transit customers on six different continents and in 116 markets with vans that are Built Ford Tough, more fuel efficient and even more capable.

Transit joins the most fuel-efficient lineup in Ford Motor Company’s history. This year Ford is offering seven vehicles rated at 40 mpg or higher – double 2011’s total, and more than any other automaker. Ford tops Toyota in fuel economy in every segment in which both companies compete.

Transit is born from a combined total of nearly a century of hard-earned experience delivering two distinct full-size vans to customers in North America, Europe and other global markets.

For North America, Transit will eventually replace the E-Series nameplate, first sold in 1961 as Ford Econoline and America’s best-selling commercial van for 33 years. In other global markets, this all-new vehicle will replace popular, market-specific Transit models first sold in 1965, and the best-selling commercial van in Europe.

Transit also is joined by the upgraded 2014 Ford Transit Connect, which pioneered the small van market in the United States and has been a hit with cost-conscious commercial fleets and small business proprietors.

Superior cargo hauling and people moving capabilities combined with best-in-class fuel economy were design imperatives for the all-new Transit range.

Transit will be offered in three body lengths; two wheelbases; three roof heights; van, wagon, chassis cab and cutaway bodystyles; and in XL and XLT trim levels.

Power of choice
“Transit is the new standard in full-size vans and customer choice,” said Len Deluca, director of Ford commercial vehicle operations. “We’re going from an exclusively gasoline engine lineup of two V8s and a V10 in E-Series to offering customers a standard 3.7-liter V6, the same 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine proven in Ford F-150 and an all-new 3.2-liter Power Stroke diesel option.”

Ford will offer Transit’s 3.7-liter V6 with a compressed natural gas/liquid propane gas (CNG/LPG) prep kit to assist customers running their vehicles with this abundant, affordable, clean fuel alternative. The 3.7-liter is engineered for optimal performance with E85 flex fuel.

The all-new 3.2-liter Power Stroke® five-cylinder common-rail turbo-diesel, based on Ford’s proven Duratorq global diesel engine architecture, features state-of-the-art fuel, turbo and emissions systems that meet stringent U.S. clean diesel standards, providing an ideal balance of fuel economy and job capability.

For maximum capability, the 3.5-liter EcoBoost® promises to be a trusted workhorse, whether carrying materials to the job site or towing a trailer with Transit’s available Class IV hitch.

Each engine is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission for efficient rear-wheel-drive operation.

Biggest range ever
For Transit, power of choice goes beyond powertrain options to encompass multiple lengths and roof heights to provide full-size van buyers with the precise combination and configuration they require.

The high-roof Transit features 81 inches of interior cargo height, enough headroom for a person standing six foot, five inches tall to stand upright in the cargo area. The medium roof can accommodate up to 72 inches of cargo height and the low roof has 56 inches of cargo height to provide an ideal combination of payload management, upfit readiness and garageability. Cargo volume ranges from 256 cubic feet to more than 550 cubic feet – nearly 75 percent more space than a Chevrolet Express.

Transit’s rear cargo doors open 270 degrees for easy rear cargo space access.

The interior of each Transit van features advanced, durable LED lighting and has been developed for easy upfit of racks, bins, shelving and other cargo storage and hauling solutions. The largest passenger version can carry up to 15 people.

Transit is available with a wide variety of comfort and convenience options. A 6.5-inch touch-screen display with navigation and SYNC® with MyFord Touch® – Ford’s highly acclaimed voice-activated communications and entertainment system – is also available.

Driving quality
The all-new Ford Transit was designed with improved handling, steering and ride qualities.

A power rack-and-pinion steering setup provides exceptionally communicative steering feel to the driver, serving as a confidence builder.

The front suspension consists of subframe-mounted MacPherson struts and a stabilizer bar for smoother, flatter cornering, combined with progressive rear leaf springs and heavy-duty gas-charged dampers for well-controlled ride quality – regardless of load status.

Minimized operating costs
Transit’s global design delivers on the same customer expectations in 116 markets worldwide where this sturdy commercial vehicle will be available, meeting such requirements as versatility, fuel efficiency and low operating costs.

Transit has been developed to be efficient to service and maintain, with specialized technical service support and extended operating hours available at more than 600 Ford Business Preferred Network dealers.

Designed and developed to provide efficient service over the long haul, Ford Transit scheduled maintenance costs for a three-year usage cycle are projected to be more than 30 percent less than a Chevrolet Express 1500 with the standard 4.3-liter V6, helping give Transit the segment’s lowest cost of ownership per cubic foot or pounds of cargo transported.

Built Ford Tough
The all-new Ford Transit has been engineered to deliver a severe-usage service life of 10 years and 150,000 miles. Transit features rugged unibody construction and extensive application of high-strength and boron steel that has been tested to the same standards as E-Series vans at Ford’s proving grounds and in the hands of real-world fleet customers in North America.

A durability program to deliver on Built Ford Tough customer requirements included 148 prototype vehicles, with a regimen of 215 separate tests to validate the long-haul functionality of various vehicle systems and hardware.

Cumulatively, Transit durability test vehicles were driven more than 4.6 million miles, or far enough to circle the globe 185 times.

The 2015 Ford Transit will be built at the recently upgraded Kansas City manufacturing facility.