The new Ford Transit has been named Van of the Year 2014 by TheVanWebsite.co.uk a website dedicated to vans and light commercial vehicles.
Ford’s reliable workhorse was chosen as the best van of the past 12 months by visitors to TheVanWebsite as well as its editorial team. In winning this particular accolade, the Ford Transit managed to beat main rivals including the Nissan NV200 and the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter.
The marketing manager of TheVanWebsite, Richard Lawton, commented: “It’s not hard to see why users of TheVanWebsite.co.uk chose the Transit over its rivals. Ford set the standard with the original Transit in 1965 and it has been showing the others how it’s done ever since.”
Reacting to the award victory, Ford’s UK fleet director, Phil Hollins, said: “The all-new Ford Transit is off to a flying start in the UK having taken nearly 10,000 orders already and this important Van of the Year accolade will no doubt provide it with even further positive attention.
“The all-new Transit range has been delivered to customers over just 18 months, providing best-in-class products at a time that we are starting to see economic growth.”
Ford two-tonne Transit
Ford released its latest two-tonne Transit range in the UK earlier this spring, boasting class-leading fuel efficiency and cargo capacity. The new Transit line-up also introduces a completely restyled interior, and remains tougher than ever.
The cargo space of the Transit has been improved by 11 per cent over the previous model, with new storage features ensuring easier and more secure load carrying.
Available in three different lengths and two roof heights, the 2014 Ford Transit is capable of shifting payloads of up to 4.7 tonnes. It also has a towing capacity of up 3.5 tonnes and both figures put the Transit among the class leaders.
Best in class fuel efficiency
The new Ford Transit also delivers best-in-class fuel efficiency across its engine range. The van is available with a 2.2-litre Duratorq TDCi diesel unit which can produce 99bhp, 123bhp or 138bhp.
The official combined fuel economy returned from the 123bhp engine is 44mpg, while CO2 emissions are recorded at just 169g/km. That CO2 emission figure represents a six per cent reduction compared to the diesel engine used in the previous-generation Ford Transit.
Another area of improvement the new Ford Transit has made over its predecessor is the cabin, which is more spacious all-round and offers greater driver visibility. Prices for the 2014 Ford Transit range currently start from £21,744.