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Coming soon: Ford used the CV Show at the NEC in Spring to reveal its Transit

Author:

ROBIN ROBERTS

A truly massive range of new Ford Transit Custom models is about to hit the market.

Since it was introduced in 1965 almost seven million Transits have been sold around the world, but the latest is arguably the most important for the company.

Unveiled at the Commercial Vehicle Show in the NEC this spring, the new models provide enhanced features, new features and neat touches to delight drivers and owners.

Although they have yet to be released, expect residual values to be very good.

The prices certainly are with short and long wheelbase vans from £18,316 to £24,766 estimated on road costs before taxes, the single and double cabs span £20,466 to £26,066, and the Kombi range begins at £26,485 and rises to £31,695 with the Tourneo priced £28,285 to £33,495.

Designed to be the most stylish and safe Transit ever, the all-new Transit Custom has a bold new look and is packed with the latest safety technologies, as part of its mission to appeal to a broader range of customers, including skilled tradesmen and small businesses.

While it provides a more car-like interior and driving experience, the new model has lost none of Transit’s legendary toughness, combining class-leading load-carrying ability, impressive durability and attractive cost-of-ownership – with best-in-class fuel economy.

Along with its Tourneo Custom sister model, an attractive people mover aimed at private buyers and commercial users, the Transit Custom will be sold in more than 90 markets worldwide, with sales in Europe starting later in 2012.

High spec: Ladder racks are purpose designed as part of Transit Custom deal

 

“The Transit Custom is a completely new kind of Transit, with a new design direction and a host of advanced features,” said Paul Campbell, CV chief designer, Ford of Europe. “This is a stylish, modern van which customers will be proud to have on their driveway, while losing none of the hard-working attitude that they expect from a Transit.”

Like all Ford commercial vehicles which share the Transit badge, the all-new Transit Custom has been developed to offer exceptional cost-of-ownership and durability.

Low running costs start with the class-leading fuel economy, delivered by Ford’s latest 2.2-litre Duratorq TDCi diesel engine, with combined fuel consumption of 6.6 l/ 100 km (42.8 mpg) and 174 g/km CO2 emissions – a reduction of up to 8 percent on the equivalent current Transit.

All-new Transit Custom has been subjected to Ford’s ultra-stringent Commercial Vehicle testing and durability standards.

Even before the vehicle goes on sale, it will have been driven the equivalent of five million km (three million miles), including at least 400,000 km (250,000 miles) with Transit customers.

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