New Ford Transit Debuts in UK


Another newcomer to the UK’s commercial vehicles segment is the latest version of the legendary Transit, which will makes its debut at Birmingham CV Show, prior to sales launch later in 2012 in Europe and other global markets.

The new-look Transit represents a completely new generation of one-tonne commercial vehicles from Ford, offering businesses unmatched combination of style, driver appeal and class-leading functionality. That’s why it’s got a very stylish and modern exterior, car-like interior and outstanding driving dynamics. It’s supposed to have a broader range of abilities.

Ford will be presenting larger and higher payload Transits later in 2012.  These models will be extensively sold on a global basis, including North America, and will also feature rear-wheel-drive. Pricing and specs will also be announced closer to launch.

New Ford Transit New Ford Transit Debuts in UK

More details in Ford’s press release below:

Class-leading load carrying ability

Beneath its stylish exterior, the new model remains completely true to its Transit heritage by offering class-leading load carrying ability, including a number of innovative new loadspace features.

In addition to offering maximum load volume which exceeds that of its closest competitors (6.0 cubic metres SAE with full bulkhead fitted), the load area of the Transit Custom has been carefully optimised to offer more space and more convenience than any of its rivals.  Key features and innovations include:

  • Optimised bulkhead and loadspace design enables SWB model to carry three Euro pallets loaded to at least one metre high
  • Load-through hatch in bulkhead enables loads up to three metres in length, such as pipes or ladders, to be safely carried inside the vehicle
  • Class-leading width between wheelarches allows wide loads, such as 8 feet x 4 feet (2440mm x 1220mm) boards to be easily accommodated flat on the floor (or stored vertically if required)
  • Class-leading height and width of sliding side load doors for ease of loading
  • Deployable integrated roof rack system seamlessly integrated into the roof, and can be deployed when required.  When not in use, the cross bars can be quickly folded down, reducing drag and fuel consumption, as well as  keeping the vehicle height under two metres (with the exception of the 330 series)
  • Repositioned tie-down hooks and fixing points located on the body sides, leaving the floor clear for easier loading and cleaning
  • Easy clean load floor liner offers enhanced durability and simple cleaning

To provide customers with a wide range of payload options from 600-1,400kg, Transit Custom is available with multiple GVM options.

“This may be a more stylish Transit, but it’s a more functional Transit too,” said Barry Gale, Commercial Vehicles chief engineer, Ford of Europe.  “The additional features we have built into the load space make everyday functions more convenient – so it’s easier for customers to do their job.”

Unmatched driver appeal

The Transit Custom brings a new level of car-like driver appeal to its segment with an all-new interior, advanced technologies and outstanding driving dynamics.

The modern, driver-focused cockpit features a sculpted instrument panel which combines stylish looks with smart stowage solutions for bottles, phones and papers.  Driver comfort is significantly enhanced through a highly adjustable driving position which features increased seat travel – including 30mm more rear travel for taller drivers – and the addition of a steering column adjustable for reach and rake.

Once behind the wheel, the driver can call upon a wide range of available driver assistance technologies also featured on Ford’s latest passenger cars, including:

  • SYNC voice-activated, in-car connectivity system – enables mobile phones and music players to be connected to the vehicle, and operated by voice control
  • Emergency Assistance – enabled by SYNC, this award-winning new feature is designed to assist occupants to contact the Emergency Services in the event of an accident, providing vehicle location information
  • Rear-view camera – display integrated into the rear view mirror
  • Lane Keeping Alert and Driver Alert – latest driver assistance features alert the driver if the system detects the vehicle is inadvertently drifting out of the lane, or the driver is becoming tired behind the wheel

The strong driver appeal of the Transit Custom is reinforced bydynamics and performance which have been carefully tuned to reflect the same natural and easy-to-drive character which customers appreciate on Ford’s car range.

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