Private hire firm chooses Ford Galaxy

The seven-seat MPV has been chosen by Europe’s largest private hire firm as it replaces its current fleet entirely with Ford models by November.

All of the 1,200 Galaxy models were diesel automatic versions in black. All models will be fitted with 2.0-litre TDCi 140PS Powershift powertrains which is capable of delivering 57.08mpg.

The Ford Galaxy models will be delivered in sets of 28 per week, starting with the first delivery this week.

Addison Lee fleet manager Rob Daniels said: "We spent three months assessing vehicles and talking to manufacturers; the Ford Galaxy emerged as the best package for us on many levels, not only financially. It is safe, offers low emissions and is economical to run."

The large Ford Galaxy people carrier boasts upmarket materials and comes highly equipped, something Kevin Griffin, Ford’s fleet director, believes helped Addison Lee choose the model for its fleet.

He said: "Kevin Griffin, Ford’s fleet director, said: "Addison Lee has recognised the Ford Galaxy’s class-leading attributes. It complements their own prestige status as a provider of premium minicabs and chauffeur cars."

The Ford Galaxy comes with several unique innovations such as the Ford Easy Fuel system, which prevents the wrong type of fuel being used accidentally.

The Ford Galaxy is also one of the most frugal and efficient large MPVs on the market. Engine choices include 1.6- and 2.0-litre EcoBoost petrol units offering 167g/km and 189g/km respectively.

Diesel choices bring CO2 emissions down further – as low as 139g/km for the entry-level 1.6-litre TDCi. This is also the best-performing model in terms of fuel efficiency with an official figure of 54.3mpg.

Available in Zetec, Titanium and Titanium X specifications, the Ford Galaxy starts from £24,295.