The breakdown recovery service has bolstered its 3,000-vehicle fleet with the addition of the Ford Transit vans, making Ford the biggest AA vehicle supplier in the UK.
The majority of the large panel vans will be used to attend roadside rescues across the country, but 50 will be put into work by the AutoWindshields department, which uses a complete fleet of Ford Transit vans.
Sarah Dopson, AA fleet manager, said: “The order of 500 vans is in recognition of the quality and performance of the Ford Transit. The Transit meets all our requirements for affordable running costs and is the best vehicle for the job. The 500 Transits currently on order could rise by the end of the year.”
The Ford Transit van is the world’s most popular commercial vehicle and it has topped the UK sales charts for 45 years. Built in the UK at the Southampton plant, the Ford Transit has been a staple of UK roads since its launch on 1965.
Ford’s relationship with the AA extends back into 2010, when 247 Ford Transit vans were ordered to complement the existing models in the Ford fleet.
Ford of Britain direct sales manager, Paul Henderson, said: “Ford and the AA have enjoyed a long and mutually beneficial relationship which is further strengthened by this new, large order of Ford Transits. We look forward to working with the AA to help maintain its status as the UK’s largest roadside assistance organisation.”
The Ford Transit van comes in several hundred different configurations, including short, medium and long wheelbase, different roof heights, equipment levels and engine sizes and transmissions.
Prices for the Ford Transit start from £12,245 (before VAT) from all Ford van dealerships.