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The Ford E-Series, also known as the Econoline, is a line of full-size vans and truck chassis from Ford Motor Company. The E-series is related to the Ford F-Series line of pickup trucks. The line was introduced in 1961 and its descendents are still produced today. The Econoline is produced at Ford's Lorain, Ohio and Avon Lake, Ohio plants.
The 1961 E-Series truck was an immediate success with utilities like the Bell Telephone System . It was originally offered as a cargo van , 8-passenger full-size van and pickup truck. Engines were Ford's 170CID and 240CID sixes. The model was updated in 1968 with Ford's "Twin I-Beam" front suspension, optional air conditioning and a V8 engine choice.
The E-Series was redone in 1975 with more environmental controls and a full frame design, allowing it to be used as a truck chassis .
The redesigned 1992 E-Series featured a 7.3 liter Power Stroke diesel engine as well as the Ford Triton engines. The consumer-oriented Chateau Club Wagon version was Motor Trend magazine's Truck of the Year for 1992.
For 2001, Ford again refreshed the E-Series, with a new E-150 Traveler model targeted at families.
For 2003, Ford refreshed the E-Series by changing the grille style, incorporating an integral Ford logo.
The Econoline and E-Series body is expected to be refreshed for 2006 (code name VN127).
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