Ford Files Trademark Applications for 'Transit Courier' and 'Courier' in U.S.

Mark Stevenson
by Mark Stevenson
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Have you ever sat in a Ford Transit Connect and said to yourself, “Gosh, I like this, but it’s just so darn big!“? Well, if Ford’s latest trademark filings are any indication, the Blue Oval might soon have exactly what you’re looking for.

According to the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Ford filed trademark applications for two names — “Transit Courier” and “Courier” — on July 22, 2016, hinting at possible Fiesta-based, B-segment vans for North America.

In Europe, the Transit Courier exists in multiple guises: as a panel van called Transit Courier, as a commercial passenger vehicle called Transit Courier Kombi, and as a non-commercial passenger van called Tourneo Courier. Additionally, Ford of Europe markets a three-door Fiesta without rear glass, simply named Fiesta Van.

Courier, without a Transit prefix, was a Fiesta-based pickup sold in South America until 2013. Before that, Ford used the Courier name domestically when rebadging Mazda pickups. That Ford Courier was replaced by the Ford Ranger in 1983, but the name lived on in other markets.

According to Ford’s North American product communications manager, Mike Levine, the automaker does not “speculate about future products” and trademark filings are “part of our normal course of business.”

“The best-selling Transit Connect small van is available in a choice of short and long wheelbases to help customers find the best size to meet their needs,” Levine said. “There are no current plans to offer a smaller van below Transit Connect.”

Ford has taken the commercial van market by the horns since releasing an onslaught of new product in the segment over the last few years.

It began with Ford importing the first-generation Transit Connect from Turkey, with all vehicles fitted with rear seats when they came through U.S. Customs to avoid the 25-percent “chicken tax” applied to commercial vehicles. U.S. Customs slapped Ford on the wrist for the practice and the automaker moved production to Spain for the second-generation van.

Ford didn’t stop there. The automaker began selling larger Transits domestically, a common sight in Europe, to replace the aging E-Series/Econoline van range. The E-Series is now built solely as a chassis cab model.

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  • Brett Woods My 4-Runner had a manual with the 4-cylinder. It was acceptable but not really fun. I have thought before that auto with a six cylinder would have been smoother, more comfortable, and need less maintenance. Ditto my 4 banger manual Japanese pick-up. Nowhere near as nice as a GM with auto and six cylinders that I tried a bit later. Drove with a U.S. buddy who got one of the first C8s. He said he didn't even consider a manual. There was an article about how fewer than ten percent of buyers optioned a manual in the U.S. when they were available. Visited my English cousin who lived in a hilly suburb and she had a manual Range Rover and said she never even considered an automatic. That's culture for you.  Miata, Boxster, Mustang, Corvette and Camaro; I only want manual but I can see both sides of the argument for a Mustang, Camaro or Challenger. Once you get past a certain size and weight, cruising with automatic is a better dynamic. A dual clutch automatic is smoother, faster, probably more reliable, and still allows you to select and hold a gear. When you get these vehicles with a high performance envelope, dual-clutch automatic is what brings home the numbers. 
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  • Chuck Norton For those worried about a complex power train-What vehicle doesn't have one? I drive a twin turbo F-150 (3.5) Talk about complexity.. It seems reliability based on the number of F-150s sold is a non-issue. As with many other makes/models. I mean how many operations are handle by micro today's vehicles?