Ford expands Transit range


Ford is expanding its all-new Transit range to include more than 450 different model variants.

New additions to the range will include the Chassis Double Cab, and L5 versions with extra-long wheelbases, and will debut at the 2014 IAA Commercial Vehicles Show later this week.

The new models will represent the renewal of Ford’s entire commercial vehicle range which has taken place over the last 24 months.

Barb Samardzich, Ford Europe’s chief operating officer, said: “Ford has delivered the most advanced line-up of commercial vehicles in Europe, offering unmatched coverage of the light and medium CV segments.

“We created an all-new Transit family with outstanding capability and cost of ownership, and our sales growth shows that we’re giving customers exactly what they want.”

Ford is currently the fastest growing commercial vehicle brand, with more than 123,000 commercial vehicles sold in Europe in the first seven months of this year alone.

During that period, sales of the Transit Custom more than doubled, while sales of the Transit Connect grew by approximately 53 per cent compared with the same period last year.

UK’s best-selling van

As a result, the Transit model is officially the UK’s best-selling van, with the range praised for its versatility and wide amount of customisation options.

Mark Ovenden, Ford UK chairman and managing director, said: “Ford is in its 38th consecutive year of car sales leadership and its 49th consecutive year for commercial vehicles.”

“The Ford Fiesta, Focus and Ford Transit and Transit Custom are at the core of this achievement,” he said, “but our extended Ford CV family and the introduction of new car models provide a basis for attracting many new customers and building on our leadership position.”

Updated transit range

Newcomers to the updated Transit range will include the new Chassis Double Cab, which offers space for up to seven people inside, plus the extended L5 model, which is now the longest production Transit ever built.

The new Double Cab-in-Van model is also available with three different body configurations, and up to 10,500 litres of storage space.

It also benefits from a new flip-open window and a full-sized solid bulkhead, along with additional storage compartments and cargo restraints.

Finally, the range will also now be offered with Ford’s intelligent all-wheel drive, which automatically monitors the road surface and adjusts each wheel individually to maintain optimum road grip and traction.

David Gregory, Transit chief program engineer, said: “With a choice of more than 450 versions, multiplied by all of the different options, the all-new Transit is ready to tackle just about any task.”