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New Ford Transit goes global

  • 04 February 2014
  • By Andy Salter

Ford has taken the wraps off the all-new two-tonne Transit, set to go on sale from April this year and to be built and sold in North America for the first time in its history.

The new van, sports distinctive new styling, underlining its target market, though also comes with a host of other features aimed at reducing fuel consumption and overall running costs, while improving safety.

There’s 450 variants available of the new Transit which now covers the weight range from 2.9 tonne to 4.7 tonne GRW and sits atop the Ford commercial vehicle range.

As before front, rear and all-wheel drive options are available, while a general squaring up of the loadbox area has produced a general 10% increase in volume which now maxes out at 15.1m³ in the giant Jumbo Transit van.

A range of chassis-cabs, now with a 5.23m frame length option, are available as is the obligatory mini-bus options offering up to 18 passenger capacity.

Power

Power comes from the 2.2-litre Duratorq diesel motor with a choice of 100hp, 125hp and 155hp rating, driven through a manual six-speed transmission, there’s no auto option for Europe.

The environmentally friendly ECOnetic versions combine a host of fuel efficiency aids and Ford claims a 6% fuel efficiency improvement from the new version compared to the outgoing Transit ECOnetic.

New Transit also benefits from a two-year/50,000km service intervals, while Ford also claims to have reduced servicing and repair times for the new model significantly, all aiding the cost of ownership of new Transit.

Handling

While the front styling in particular gives away Ford’s North American influence on the product, behind the wheel of the new model, Transit has lost none of it’s British DNA. Okay, the product may not be built here anymore (European Transits are built in Turkey, US ones in Kansas City and the first Russian Transits will roll off the production line in the autumn), but we’re pleased to see the central Transit tenets of durability, quality in-cab layout and assured ride and handling have not been lost in the globalisation of the brand.

It’s been a busy 18 months for Ford as it seeks to completely renew its commercial vehicle line-up, the two-tonne Transit is the latest launch in the programme with the new Transit Courier scheduled for a mid-year debut completing the line-up. It’s been a very ambitious programme and so far appears to be paying off – Custom and Connect have had widespread industry thumbs up.

Pleasing the European and North American markets with one product, as the company is seeking to do with the two-tonne variant has undoubtedly led to a few styling compromises, but we’ll be surprised if operators on both sides of the ‘pond’ aren’t united in their appreciation of this iconic model.

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Article source: http://www.commercialmotor.com:80/latest-news/new-ford-transit-goes-global