Ford has started to take orders for its ultra-frugal 1-ton van, the all-new Transit Custom ECOnetic. Deliveries will start in early 2013 for this van with a fuel efficiency rating similar to a large family car. The Transit Custom ECOnetic offers class-leading fuel consumption from 46.3mpg, representing an 8% cut from its predecessor.
Its CO2 emissions are 162 g/km. The Transit Custom ECOnetic is comparable with a family car like the Ford S-MAX. The ECOnetic version of the all-new Transit Custom, which was newly awarded the recognition of “International Van of the Year 2013”, offers numerous low-CO2 features as standard equipment such as Acceleration Control, a new technology that restricts the acceleration to levels that could be attained when the vehicle is fully laden, permitting major fuel savings when the vehicle is unladen or part-laden.
According to field tests, Acceleration Control can lessen real-world fuel consumption by 4 to 15% and lessen wear-and-tear on brakes, tires and other parts. The ECOnetic model is equipped with a 100PS version of Ford’s 2.2-litre Duratorq diesel engine and also provides standard Auto-Start-Stop to cut fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by as much as 10% in urban driving. The other features that improve fuel economy are a switchable 70mph speed limiter, a unique engine calibration, a coolant bypass valve for quicker warm-up, optimised gearing with a 6% longer final drive ratio, low rolling resistance tires and aerodynamic wheel trims.
Ford also offers the option of customers being able to specify fixed speed limiters for speeds of 56mph, 62mph and 70mph to meet their own operating needs. The all-new Transit Custom ECOnetic is offered in short or long wheelbase form and three gross vehicle weight options. All the variants will offer the same unparalleled mixture of style, driver appeal and class-leading functionality just like the others in the Transit Custom range.
“Transit Custom already delivers great fuel economy and the new ECOnetic model pushes the bar higher, into the realm of the family car,” said Barb Samardzich, vice president Product Development, Ford of Europe. “The Transit Custom ECOnetic is packed with advanced fuel-saving technologies that help businesses keep running costs to a minimum and reduce their carbon footprint.”