Ford Transit makes its global public debut at the Hanover IAA
Commercial Vehicle Show, marking the arrival of a new generation
of global Transit
||The new generation
Transit has been developed under the One Ford product
strategy for sale in six continents, including Europe,
North America and other key markets worldwide.
Offering a huge range of
body styles and derivatives, the all-new Transit is
engineered to deliver class-leading load-carrying
ability, exceptional toughness and durability, and
targets best-in-class fuel economy.
“The Transit van is
going global, and we’ve made it more productive, more
fuel efficient and tougher than ever before,” said
Barb Samardzich, vice president Product Development,
Ford of Europe.
“With its legendary Transit and
E-Series models, Ford has more experience of creating market-leading
commercial vans around the world than any other manufacturer, and this
all-new Transit will move the game on once again.”
commercial vehicle platform
The all-new Transit is based on a
state-of-the-art global platform, engineered to underpin the
next-generation of Ford commercial vans worldwide. It forms part of an
unprecedented renewal that will see complete redesign of its commercial
vehicle range for Europe over the next two years.
Within Europe and worldwide markets,
the new model replaces the heavier 2-tonne Transit derivatives, and
joins the exciting new 1-tonne Transit Custom in the line-up. In North
America, where Transit makes its debut, it will eventually take over
from the best-selling E-Series range.
The vehicle was engineered in Ford’s
commercial vehicle Centre of Excellence in Europe – building on decades
of experience developing market-leading Transit models – supported by
the company’s full global product development resources.
New level of capability and
The all-new Ford Transit brings a new
level of capability and versatility to the medium commercial van market,
with an unmatched range of body styles and derivatives, with multiple
wheelbases, roof heights and chassis cab/cowl versions.
The purposeful, modern exterior design
conceals a load area sized to accommodate key distribution industry
required dimensions and maintain best-in-class payload. A range of
innovative loadspace features make operator usage easier and more
Compared to the outgoing Transit, load
volume has been increased by around 10 percent model-for-model, with the
largest “Jumbo” van now capable of swallowing a massive 15.1 m3
SAE of cargo. In addition, an all-new Chassis Cab SuperJumbo derivative
will enable 5 m floats or box bodies to be accommodated.
Particular emphasis has been placed on
making the vehicle simple to modify for body builders, upfitters and
camper van converters, so all customer requirements can be satisfied.
For Europe, the all-new Transit is
powered by the latest 2.2-litre Duratorq TDCi diesel with a choice of
three power ratings (100 PS, 125 PS, 155 PS), and a standard 6-speed
manual transmission; front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive and all-wheel
drive versions will be available.
The comprehensive range of bodystyles
and derivatives includes Van, Double Cab-in-Van (DCiV), Kombi, Kombi Van
and Bus models, plus Chassis Cab and Chassis Cowl versions. Vans are
available in three different lengths and two different roof heights with
multiple gross vehicle mass options of up to 4.7 tonnes. This combines
with the all-new Transit Custom 1-tonne range to deliver a significantly
expanded overall line-up.
driver appeal and durability
Minimising overall cost-of-ownership
was a high priority throughout the vehicle design and development, and
the all-new Transit delivers minimised maintenance, repair and insurance
costs, and targets best-in-class fuel economy.
An all-new interior, with a stylish and
functional instrument panel, incorporates a range of smart stowage
solutions. The cabin is significantly more spacious than the outgoing
model, with increased shoulder room, head clearance and visibility, plus
a more comfortable driving position with a fully-adjustable steering
A wide range of convenience features
and driver assistance technologies featured on Ford’s latest passenger
cars can also be specified, including the Ford SYNC voice-activated,
in-car connectivity system with Emergency Assistance, a rear view
camera, Adaptive Cruise Control and Lane Departure Warning.
The Transit brand has established a
legendary reputation for toughness and dependability, and the new global
model has been engineered to extend that tradition, starting with its
immensely strong unibody construction featuring high-strength and
The vehicle has been subjected to
Ford’s ultra-stringent global commercial vehicle testing and durability
standards, covering millions of miles of arduous testing in
laboratories, at proving grounds and on customer fleets.
In Europe, the all-new Ford Transit is
due to go on sale in late-2013 with deliveries starting by the end of