Ford reveals extended all-new Transit line-up at Hannover
Ford is revealing the full line-up of its all-new Transit model at the 2014 Hannover Commercial Vehicle Show, providing European customers with an extended choice of more than 450 model variants.
Transit derivatives now in production and available from Transit Centres and Ford dealerships across Europe include Chassis Cab with Double Cab and extra-long “Super Jumbo” versions, Double Cab-in-Van, Kombi and Kombi Van models.
These new Transit variants mark the completion of the unprecedented 24-month renewal and expansion of Ford’s entire Transit commercial vehicle range for Europe, creating the freshest model line-up in the industry.
Ford’s Hannover display showcases the full range, with the two-tonne Transit flagship alongside the one-tonne Transit Custom, the smaller Transit Connect van with payloads up to 1,000 kg, and the small Transit Courier van for small businesses and urban deliveries.
The model renewal has allowed Ford to become Europe’s fastest growing commercial vehicle brand, selling more than 137,000 commercial vehicles from January to August 2014 to show a 12.7 per cent year-over-year increase compared with 2013. During the same period, sales of the Transit Custom more than doubled, sales of the Transit Connect grew by 59 per cent, and Ford’s share of the commercial vehicle market rose to 10.8 per cent – Ford’s highest level since 1997*.
Ford also has launched the Transit24 service package through its network of 750 Transit Centres across Europe, setting consistent new dealer service standards that will enable van users to reduce the time their vehicle spends off the road and minimise their operating costs.
“Ford has delivered the most advanced line-up of commercial vehicles in Europe, offering unmatched coverage of the light and medium CV segments,” said Barb Samardzich, chief operating officer, Ford of Europe. “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.”
The first phase of all-new Transit production launched in spring 2014, and included the standard Van, Chassis Cab and Minibus versions. The line-up offers customers enhanced fuel efficiency – including an extended choice of Transit ECOnetic models – with significantly reduced maintenance and repair costs, exceptional durability, increased cargo volumes, and smart loadspace features. Ford’s manufacturing plant in Kocaeli, Turkey, is now producing a second wave of additional variants that offers new body styles and chassis lengths, and will shortly include a class-leading all-wheel drive (AWD) range.