Ride around like a king with the Ford Transit Skyliner Concept


It’s time to add another thing to my list of items including more video games, a private jet, and collectible figures. Introducing the Transit Skyliner Concept luxury van by Ford and Galpin Auto Sports. It’s got plenty of goodies to make those long road trips even better.


I was able to attend the event for the Transit Skyliner Concept that featured the van that will be arriving later this year. It will be aimed for commercial use, since it can be customized to fit many different needs. The van will be able to carry up to 15 passengers or fit tons of packages and items for delivery. It’s got two wheelbases, three roof heights and three powertrains to accommodate multiple needs without body modification.


During the reveal we heard from members of both Ford and Galpin Auto Sports like Beau Boeckmann, John Ruppert, Melvin Betancourt, and Tim Stoehr, who each talked about different aspects and the technology of the Transit line and how it can help and improve efficiency for companies in multiple ways with efficiency, space, and the available technology.

“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.

But the star of the night was definitely the Transit Skyliner Concept luxury van, which was given the full package treatment and featured some amazing add-ons like wood floors, custom bar, four reclining seats dubbed “thrones”, led lighting, a 52-inch retractable Stewart movie screen, Focal Utopia 7.2 surround sound with speakers (handmade in France specifically for Transit Skyliner), a KVH DIRECTV satellite for HDTV, a Kaleidescape media server with storage space for more than 300 Blu-ray movies or 1,000 DVDs, and two different internet access points including a private server to control all the settings and accessibility for the different capabilities of the Skyliner with your iOS devices.

“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.”

Inside we watched a few minutes of Man of Steel, and it felt like it was our own personal theater. Riding to events would be fun for everyone in the back. While a few media got to see it first, the Transit Skyliner will make its auto show debut at the New York International Auto Show.

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