Celebrating 50 years of the Ford Transit

Since the first vehicle left the production line in Langley, England, on August 9, 1965, almost 8 million Transit and Transit Custom models have been built, and the Transit has grown from a single model to an entire family of Transit vans. Lined up end-to-end, 50 years of Transits would circle the globe, and on average a new Transit has been bought every 180 seconds during its lifetime. The latest expanded Transit line-up features four all-new models – Transit, Transit Custom, Transit Connect and Transit Courier – which are boosting demand for Ford commercial vehicles, with sales at an all-time high in March up 43 per cent at 16,497, compared with March 2014. “The Ford Transit has touched the lives of most of us,” said Mark Ovenden, chairman and managing director, Ford of Britain. “From house moves to moving people, the Ford Transit is…

Ford caps the price of servicing and maintenance for older vehicles

Ford has launched a new service called Motorcraft4+, aimed at capping the price of servicing and maintenance for Ford LCVs and cars that are over four years old. Motorcraft 4+ offers national maximum price service options – £119 for a minor service, and £189 for a major service – as well as a maximum MOT price of £35, reducing to £30 when combined with a Motorcraft Service. These prices include all required service parts, labour carried out by Ford-trained technicians and VAT. More than 550 Ford dealerships across the UK will offer the Motorcraft 4+ package, and customers can now book a service appointment online at any time, by visiting Ford’s Online Service Booking website and selecting their vehicle model. Vehicles serviced through the Motorcraft programme also receive free roadside assistance, Ford’s eCHECK 30-point visual inspection, and benefit from the Ford Accident Management service,…

New high-roof version of Ford Transit Custom Van

Ford’s new high-roof version of the Transit Custom (which has sold more than 6,000 units to date in the UK) is available to order now, for delivery later this year. The high-roof Transit offers 20% more volume than the equivalent low-roof model, resulting in a maximum load area of 8.3 cubic metres. Ford claims that the van’s all-steel roof will support a maximum load of 100kg, while the load-through hatch in the bulkhead enables loads up to 3.0m in length, such as pipes or ladders, to be safely carried inside the vehicle. The high-roof Transit comes fitted with a 2.2-litre Duratorq TDCi diesel with optional Auto-Start-Stop, which produces CO2 emissions of 178g/km. Advanced Ford vehicle technologies including SYNC with Emergency Assistance, Rear View Camera, Acceleration Control, Lane Keeping Alert and Driver Alert are available as options. Other features include easy-to-clean load floor lining and…

Ford Transit Connect is “International Van of the Year 2014”

Ford’s new Transit Connect has scooped the “International Van of the Year 2014” title at the COMTRANS commercial vehicle exhibition in Moscow. The van scored a total of 130 points from a maximum 163, putting it ahead of the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter and Renault Kangoo. The 24-strong jury of journalists praised the model for its fuel economy, design, driveability, load-carrying and safety. ‘The all-new Transit Connect impressed the jury on a number of fronts, and above all by the fact Ford has succeeded in building a light van with a strong accent on economics – the vehicle is a good answer to the needs of small operators as well as big fleets to reduce the cost of transport of goods,’ said Pieter Wieman, chairman of the “International Van of the Year” jury. ‘The loading space offers several innovative aspects such as a load-through hatch in…

Euro NCAP tests the safety of vans

// Euro NCAP has crash tested some of Europe’s best-selling business and family vans using protocols that are more true-to-life than the current legal tests for these van-based vehicles. The safety organisation is calling on manufacturers to offer these vehicles with higher levels of safety equipment and for legislators to review their lenient legal safety requirements. In the tests, the Ford Transit Custom was the only vehicle to score five stars. The Hyundai H1 scored three stars. The Fiat Scudo also scored three stars while the Renault Trafic scored two stars. Some of these vehicles are also rebadged and sold by other manufacturers. The Fiat Scudo is available as the Peugeot Expert and Citroën Jumpy. The Renault Trafic also sells as the Vauxhall/Opel Vivaro and Nissan Primastar. Dr Michiel van Ratingen, Secretary General of Euro NCAP, said: “This time around Euro NCAP has focused…

You can rely on a Ford Transit…

The UK’s most popular van is also the most reliable. The Ford Transit came top of the FN50 van reliability survey while Ford’s small van, the Transit Connect, retained its second place from a year ago. Last year’s top performing model, the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, took third place. Volkswagen’s most popular vans, the Transporter and the Caddy are fourth and fifth respectively, retaining top five positions. The survey asks FN50 companies to rank their best performing vehicles for reliability based on breakdowns and warranty claims. Mark Ovenden, managing director, Ford of Britain said: “Ford is extremely proud that the Ford Transit and Ford Transit Connect have taken the top two spots in this reliability survey which is based on hard facts. “This is a tribute to the passion and dedication of our designers and engineers at Dunton who make quality the highest priority, and which…