FORD is creating 100 specialist Ford Transit Centres.
The first, at Hartwell Ford CV Dealer in Abingdon, Oxfordshire, launches this week (17 October, 2013).
dealers have a truck-like mentality to keep van operators on the road with extended hours servicing
The new Transit Centres will offer a new appearance, better service standards, longer opening hours and improved after sales.
Key to the Transit Centre offering is Transit24, launched earlier this year, designed to keep business vans on the move.
“We’re significantly upscaling our Transit Centres across the UK,” confirmed Andy Barratt, Ford sales director.
“Much of the transformation is based around Transit24 – where good dealers have a truck-like mentality to keep van operators on the road with extended hours servicing.”
The launch of the new Transit Centres comes during a period of unprecedented new van development for Ford.
The Ford Transit Custom has already proved an outstanding success – sales of the Transit Custom are 7000 plus – while the smaller Ford Transit Connect has just gone on sale, with prices starting from £13,150 ex VAT.
Still to come from Ford is the Transit two tonne business van and the Ford Courier, a more compact runabout for small businesses and traders.
Andy Barratt said the initial 2013 allocation of 1000 Ford Transit Connect vans had already been sold.
Editor’s Note on 10.02.14: The number of Transit Centres has been increased to 110 since this story was written.