Monday, 29 July 2013

NEWS - New Ford Transit Connect set for success

Ford’s all-new Transit Connect offers van operators class-leading fuel economy, load carrying ability and durability – and is available to order for late 2013 delivery. Oh, and thanks to a new makeover, looks particularly cool as well.

The new Transit Connect is priced from £13,921 to £19,130 (Ex. VAT), which makes it affordable too. This latest Ford Transit Connect will be sold alongside the multi-award-winning Transit Custom (which has also had a makeover- I have one booked in to test later this year) and the forthcoming Transit Courier and two-tonne Transit to be launched in 2014.

“Ford has taken the toughness and dependability of the current Transit Connect, made considerable improvements to the fuel efficiency, added smart new loadspace features, and delivered a dynamic new style,” said Barb Samardzich, vice president Product Development, Ford of Europe. “The all-new Transit Connect sets new standards for compact vans and provides the perfect partner for a wide range of businesses.”

The new Transit Connect is available in Van, Double-Cab-in-Van and Kombi bodystyles with short-wheelbase and long-wheelbase versions, and offers a spacious and practical load area with total volumes of 2.9m3 and 3.6m3 with a full bulkhead, or 3.7m3 and 4.4m3 including the front loadspace area. The new vehicle can carry payloads of up to 1,000kg matching best in class figures. To put this in perspective, that’s the same as your average double-cab pickup.

A load-through hatch in the bulkhead and fold-flat passenger seat enable long loads up to 3.0m and 3.4m (in the SWB and LWB respectively) to be safely carried in the vehicle. In addition, a multi-fold dual passenger seat now enables van models to carry up to three people in the cab. With a width between the wheelarches of 1,226mm, both models can accommodate two Europallets in the load area, which is becoming an increasingly popular size of pallet used nowadays.

The Transit Connect delivers best-in-class fuel efficiency, with the ECOnetic model capable of 70.6mpg and CO2 emissions of 105g/km when fitted with a fixed 62mph speed limiter (with other fixed and switchable speed limiters available as options).

The new model is also the first Ford van to offer customers the highly fuel-efficient 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine, delivering class-leading petrol economy of 50.4mpg and CO2 emissions of 129g/km.

Ford ECOnetic Technologies, including Auto-Start-Stop and Active Grille Shutter, help to minimise fuel consumption on selected models. The full engine line-up includes the highly-efficient 1.6-litre Duratorq TDCi diesel engine- with a choice of 75, 95 and 115PS power outputs, and the 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine with 100PS power output.

Unlike many rivals which are tested like passenger cars, the all-new Transit Connect has been subjected to Ford’s ultra-stringent commercial vehicle testing and durability standards, covering the equivalent of three million miles in arduous testing, including at least 250,000 miles in tough real-world fleet conditions. This means you know it will go the distance.

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