UK debut for 2012 Ford Transit

On show at the CV Show in Birmingham, Ford has unveiled its new Ford Transit, complete with more efficient engines and class-leading CO2 emissions.

Ford says the best-performing version of the world’s most popular panel van will emit 173g/km of CO2 – the best in its class.

The ECOnetic technology used in the diesel engines to make them more efficient will improve fuel economy by as much as ten per cent, promises the manufacturer.

The Ford Transit, which has been on sale for 45 years in various iterations and has sold upwards of six million models worldwide, will be available with its usual array of wheelbase lengths and roof heights.

Front-, rear- and all-wheel drive versions will be available, and all will be fitted with one of four derivations of a 2.2-litre Duratorq TDCi engine which has been designed to comply with stringent Euro 5 emissions regulations.

The impressive environmental figures are down to an ECO pack, which adds Auto-Start-Stop and a Speed Limiter to the range.

However, standard technology on all engines includes a coated Diesel Particulate Filer (cDPF), an engine top cover and redesigned cold air duct to improve sound levels.

The new 2012 Ford Transit will also boast an update to the exterior to refresh the van, and Ford is confident it will continue to outsell its rivals in the UK – a feat it has achieved for over 40 years.

“With the new 2012 Ford Transit we are ensuring that the Transit range remains a top choice for commercial customers in Europe and around the globe,” said Stephen Odell, chairman and CEO, Ford of Europe. "With the latest developments we will ensure that Transit continues to be true to its legendary virtues.”