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Limited-edition Ford Transit gets the WRC treatment

Van-Sport, the creator of Ford custom vehicles, has just added a Rally edition for the famous Ford Transit Custom MS-RT commercial vans. The R-spec edition, which will be limited to only 50 units and provides as much as 208hp, is especially made for the 2nd year anniversary between Van-Sport and its British partner Malcom Wilson of M-Sport motorsport company.

Seen recently at the 2017 Rallyday event in Castle Combe racing circuit, the Ford Transit arrives with a handful of new upgrades over the standard Transit Custom MS-RT. One of which is the brake kit that the company has been talking about in the past several months. The custom specialist has also added some special options including the 208hp power increase and an uprated rear suspension. As standard, the Transit Custom packs only a total of 170 horsepower.

Since the R-Spec is an upgraded version of the Custom MS-RT, the van is already equipped with an 18-inch OZ Racing alloy wheels and a bespoke bodykit. Similarly, the double cab in van is offered as a five-seater configuration and features dual sliding side doors and rear tailgate. Due to the MS-RT upgrade, the vehicle received additional goodies such as power convertor, a LED powered load space lighting plus a satellite navigation system with reversing camera.

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2014 SEMA Show: Ford Transit gets a rugged look from Vegas Off-Road Experience

The new Vegas Off-Road Experience Transit based on the all-new 2015 Ford Transit is the work of Nevada-based Vegas Off-Road Experience, a company that provides the ultimate adventure to people who always wanted to drive an off-road desert race truck.

The new vehicle will be officially unveiled at 2014 SEMA Show and was equipped with off-road wheels and rires and according to Vegas Off-Road Experience (VORE) it will be used for guest transportation at their events.

As you can see from the photos, the vehicle received off-road and premium features such as extended fender flares, LED light bars, HID headlamps, a new roof rack, additional side protections that provide a rugged look as well as a new front bumper with integrated winch.

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Designed Travel Transit looks ready to make its debut at 2014 SEMA Show

The Design Travel Transit is the work of Forest Lake, Minnesota-based Waldoch Crafts and 3dCarbon as well as Air Design of Newport Beach, California. This special version of the 2015 Transit received a solid hickory wood floor and four reclining captain’s chairs fitted with heating, cooking and massage functions as well as with power headrests.

Other features of the Design Travel Transit include an integrated front bumper with air dam and fog lamps, side skirts, a lower rear skirt with integrated trailer hitch cover and big 20-inch wheels. Moreover, there is a rear seat with fold-down sofa, tablet control system, a 4K ultra-high-definition 50-inch TV, LED interior lightning and backup camera with 360-degree capability.

“The larger platform of Transit gives us room for creativity,” said Ernie Bunnell, vice president of sales for 3dCarbon and Air Design. “Transit provided us with a lot of capability, so we were able to include more technical features than the average conversion.”

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2015 Ford Transit arrives in the US with a $30,560 price tag

Ford Motor Co. will start sales of the new Transit commercial van this month. The first Transit to be available will be the medium-roof-height, long-wheelbase version, touted to be a best seller by the carmaker. Ford is banking on the new Transit to help it maintain its reign in the commercial van market. In fact, Ford had a 48-percent share of the full-sized van market in 2013.

The Transit will be available in three roof heights, two wheelbases and three body lengths, and three different engines. Customer could choose any of the 58 variations possible with the Transit. Ford will also make the Transit available in cargo van, passenger wagon, chassis cab and cutaway body styles.

The Transit is built on a unitized body construction, in contrast to the body-on-frame construction of the E series. The commercial vehicle is being built at Ford’s Kansas City Assembly Plant in Missouri.

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Ford has commenced production of its Transit van at its Kansas City Assembly Plant in Claycomo, Mo. The site will still build the E series – albeit for a while -- that the Transit is replacing. Ford has spent $1.1 billion and tapped 2,000 new employees to the site.

The carmaker said it has already accomplished 75 percent of its target of creating 12,000 hourly jobs in the United States by 2015. Joe Hinrichs, Ford president of the Americas, said in a statement that the carmaker’s investment in Claycomo site for Transit output is about “delivering world-class commercial vans” for a new generation of commercial customers.

Ford is now selling the Transit in 118 countries. For North America, the carmaker will offer the Transit van and wagon in three body lengths, two wheelbases and three roof heights -- along with chassis cab and cutaway variants. Ford will also offer the Transit in two trim levels -- XL and XLT.

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The shift from steel to aluminum has the new Ford F-150 pickup becoming the talk of the auto industry. While such move was considered a high stake for Ford, it is not the gamble the US carmaker is making. Ford is also replacing its body-on-frame E series, which has been the market leader and a profit-generator for nearly three decades, with the Transit van family.

In fact, Ford is already rolling out its 2014 Transit Connect Van and Wagon to dealerships and will start selling the full-sized 2015 Transit commercial van this summer. The Transit is a family of unibody commercial van designed in Europe and adapted for the United States. They will be powered by choices between two V-6 engines and a five-cylinder diesel powerplant. Both the Transit and the aluminum F-150 are replacing proven market leaders.

Ford has sold over 7 million Transits in 119 markets since it was launched in 1979. In the US, meanwhile, Ford's commercial and large passenger van business has been dominated by the E series since Richard Nixon was president.

Read the entire article Ford makes another high-stake move with Transit vans to replace the E-Series

Ford launched its compact and efficient all-new Transit Courier at the 2013 Birmingham CV Show. This show marks the first time that Ford will be presenting its complete line-up of four next-generation Transit commercial vehicles. The Transit Courier offers top-of-the-class loadspace, running costs and safety features. It is the smallest vehicle in Ford’s all-new Transit range and along with the Transit Connect, Transit Custom and Transit, they comprise the most comprehensive ever line-up of Transit vehicles.

The Transit Courier will start selling in spring 2014, which is when all four new Transit models will be offered in the showrooms in Europe. This lineup includes the roomy new high-roof version of the Transit Custom that is presented for the first time in Birmingham.

Other models in Ford’s reinvigorated commercial vehicle range are the new Fiesta Van and new Ranger, which received the International Pickup Award in 2013, joining the Transits on the Birmingham stand. The all-new Transit Courier is a major step upwards for the Transit range, widening the nameplate into the compact van segment for the first time.

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Euro NCAP gave the all-new Ford Transit Custom a first-in-class five-star safety rating. The same top Euro NCAP score was also given to the Ford’s currently available Tourneo Custom, Ford’s newest passenger vehicle. This model, which was also named the 2013 “International Van of the Year,” reported a 77% score overall after it was subjected to new heavy vehicle crash tests.

It achieved the best–in-class marks for child protection (90%), adult protection (84%), and safety features (71%). In addition, Ford also got its first-ever Euro NCAP Advanced rewards for technology offered on a commercial vehicle. With this recognition for the Lane Keeping Alert, Ford now has a total of seven different Advanced rewards – the highest record reached by any manufacturer.

Furthermore, Ford earned another Advanced reward for SYNC with Emergency Assistance. The all-new Ford Transit Custom one-tonne van is built to offer excellent occupant and pedestrian protection in all accident situations. It has a bodyshell that has 40% increased high strength and ultra-high strength steels.

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A 3.2-liter, turbo-diesel I-5 engine will be offered in the North American-spec 2014 Transit, marking the return of the Ford diesel van. The last time that Ford offered this was in 2010. Ford has said that a diesel-powered Transit will be offered in North America. However, the engine selection was only confirmed recently.

The 3.2-liter variant is not a new offering in Ford’s overseas commercial vehicles. The engine is now available under the Power Stroke category but it’s actually identical to the 3.2 Duratorq found in the new Ranger pickup sold in other countries. It is also similar to the 3.2-liter Duratorq that was used on the Transit vans in 2008. This 3.2-liter engine continues to be a DOHC design with four valves per cylinder, common rail injectors, and a variable-nozzle turbocharger.

It also still makes use of a cast iron block, aluminum cylinder heads, and cast aluminum pistons. In addition, Ford confirmed the first time that it applies selective catalyst reduction (SCR) in a Ford van for the U.S. market. Ford believes that this engine could operate on 20% biodiesel blends. Even if the U.S.-bound Transit will be produced in Kansas City, Missouri, this diesel engine will have to be imported from the Port Elizabeth, South Africa engine plant owned by Ford.

Read the entire article 2014 Ford Transit gets the fuel efficient 3.2-liter turbo-diesel engine in the U.S.

Ford will be offering the all-new Transit Custom as a range-topping Sport Van variant that boasts of a dynamic new exterior style. The newest variant of the Sport Vans means that businesses and owner-drivers in the United Kingdom could have an attention-grabbing vehicle. According to David Petts, Ford Britain CV marketing manager, the new Ford Transit Custom Sport Van provides customers a stylish vehicle that “makes a bold statement” and delivers full Transit functionality and capability.

The Sports Vans have gained a following among Transit drivers since its introduction in 2007. The Transit Custom Sport Van features a brawny body kit and a color-coded exterior, complemented by body-color bumpers, side mirrors, door handles and body-side moldings. Completing the van’s bold looks are stylish 18-inch alloy wheels on low profile 235/50 tyres as well as signature twin bonnet stripes in a contrasting color. 

Ford Transit Custom Sport Van’s exclusive sporting style is further complemented by partial leather trim combining Pewter seat fabric with charcoal black leather bolsters. It is endowed with the latest interior technologies like the Ford SYNC voice-activated, in-car connectivity package and a DAB audio system.

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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.

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The “International Van of the Year 2013” award was given to the all-new Ford Transit Custom at the Hanover IAA Commercial Vehicle Show. It is actually the fourth car from the Transit family to get this much coveted award. The judges, who are composed of 24 specialist journalists, gave the Transit Custom 117 points from a possible 133 points.

Its score is higher than the combined totals of the Dacia Dokker (which placed second) and Mercedes-Benz Citan (which got the No. 3 position). In the 22 years that this award has been given, the Ford Transit won in 2001, 2003, 2007, and now in 2013. Barb Samardzich, vice president of Product Development, Ford of Europe, described the Transit Custom as a new type of 1-tonne van as it has a great look and good handling but is also practical.

The 2013 trophy was given after the first press day of the Hanover show. At this show, Ford is presenting the all-new Transit Custom, which is the first of a totally new generation of 1-tonne commercial vehicles, along with the all-new Transit and all-new Transit Connect. Ford said recently that it is improving its global platform strategy and is completely redesigning all of its commercial vehicles for Europe over the next couple of years.

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A new range of Transit commercial vehicles was unveiled by Ford at its “Go Further” event. The Ford Transit and Ford Transit Connect models were developed under the “One Ford” global product strategy in Europe. They will be available in Europe, North America and other global markets. These products were modified to suit what the customers in every region require.

By introducing the new generation Transit and Transit Connect models, Ford takes a significant step in its commitment to totally redesign all of its commercial vehicle range for Europe by the end of 2013. The two models utilize the most advanced worldwide platforms, emphasizing Ford’s new approach to producing the next generation of top-of-the-class commercial vehicles to meet the customers’ needs in all global markets.

The new range is built on nearly 50 years of experience in developing market-leading commercial vans and was engineered at Ford’s Centre of Excellence for commercial vehicles in Europe. It also applies global product development resources. The all-new Ford Transit replaces the heavier two-ton Transit derivatives in Europe and other markets throughout the world.

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Ford’s new Transit Custom cargo van will make its debut at the European market next week at the Birmingham Commercial Vehicle show in the U.K. Earlier this year, Ford had presented the Tourneo Custom passenger van. The Transit Custom will go on sale in Europe later in 2012. This van is front-wheel drive and is built on what Ford regards to be a light-duty chassis.

The new Ford Transit that will be available in the U.S. will be rear-wheel drive and will have a tougher platform. It’s also likely to have a more aggressive styling that’s reminiscent of the F-Series truck line. Ford said that it will launch more commercial vehicles in the upcoming months. In addition, it says that by 2014, the entire commercial vehicle lineup would already have been refreshed.

Around 40% of the new Transit Custom’s body is built from high-strength steels, which is a factor in making the vehicle lighter and stronger. Because of this, Ford claims that its new van is 37% stiffer than before, improving handling and lessening the interior noise. There would be two wheelbases with the overall vehicle length at either 195.7 inches or 210.2 inches.

Read the entire article Ford Transit Custom previews a new generation of one-tonne commercial vehicles

Starting on April 27, Ford Motor Co. will implement temporary layoffs, affecting 1,222 of the 3,300 workers at its factory in Kansas City, Mo., according to a Missouri Journal report. Ford is doing this while a production line is being retooled to make the full-sized Ford Transit commercial van. This plant makes the Ford Escape crossover and F-150 pickup.

While this renovation is ongoing, production of the F-150 will continue. Ford will start production of the Transit van sometime in the middle of 2013. The production line of the Escape at Kansas City will be terminated on April 27 and will be transferred to Louisville, Ky. Ford spokeswoman Marcey Evans told the Kansas City Business Journal that it’s because of preparations for the new Transit that there had to some layoffs.

He said that several Escape production workers would take care of the plant renovation while the rest would be responsible for the production of the F-150. Evans declined to say when these workers would return. Ford intends to invest $1.1 billion at this facility where the Transit will be rolled out beside the F-150. The Transit is being assembled and is available outside of North America. The Business Journal said that Ford will be adding 1,600 local jobs because of this move.

Read the entire article Ford will idle 1,222 workers at its Kansas City plant to retool it for Transit commercial van

Ford said that when it comes to the full-sized van market, customers are looking for a lot of variety. Ford said that operators are particularly looking for taller, longer and more fuel-efficient vans. During a recent press event that took place at Ford's headquarters, more hints were given about what will replace the Econoline.

Ford's Kansas City assembly plant will start production of this vehicle in 2013. Ford had said that the redesigned Transit will replace the Econoline.

This is the van that Ford currently sells in many continents. The "Econoline" name will be replaced by the “Transit.” This is a nameplate that goes back all the way from the 1960s. It’s expected that ford will market the full-sized Transit and the compact Transit Connect, referred to as the Transit Family. Ford also said that the global vehicle platform will be flexible, indicating that Ford can make front- and rear-drive models, along with all-wheel drive.

Read the entire article Ford to replace the Ecoline with the redesigned Transit

Ford Motor Co.’s Kansas City assembly plant in Claycomo, Mo., will soon start production of the Transit commercial van. This plant will also be adding another shift for the Ford F-150 pickup and is preparing to begin a new stamping operation. Ford also said that its investment for the plant will amount to $1.1 billion – about $700 million higher than what had been announced.

Ford revealed that starting in 2013, the production of the Transit commercial van will be in Kansas City. This is stipulated in Ford’s new four-year labor contract with the UAW. Assembly and sales of the Transit are now located outside of North America.

In addition, Ford said that the expanded investment is due to additional plans to build a body shop as well as for the tooling in the final assembly area, an improved paint shop and an integrated stamping plant beside the current plant. This April, production of the Ford Escape will end. Improvements in the Kansas City plant will begin soon after.

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The Ford Transit team has launched 180 special edition Transit SportVan models in metallic silver and graphite, as part of Ford of Britain's centenary. Marketing Director Anthony Ireson of Ford of Britain commented that the demand for the Transit SportVan has been "exceptional," thus, the offering of the latest edition.

He added that the Transit becomes as famous as ever with at least 40,000 sales so far this 2011. Moreover, Ireson stated that the SportVan provides customers the opportunity to own "a really special Transit." The Transit SportVan is based on the popular 260, short wheelbase model with front wheel drive, with a six-speed transmission and 140PS 2.2-litre TDCi diesel engine.

Its exterior boasts of Moondust Silver paintwork, twin exhausts, Le Mans-style graphite bonnet stripes, 18in graphite color alloy wheels, front and rear lower spoilers, low profile 235/45 tires, side skirts and extended wheel arches. It has also the standard safety features such as the ESP, ABS, and driver and passenger airbags. Moreover, it comes with air conditioning, velour trim, Bluetooth, Sony radio/CD with DAB and remote steering-column-mounted controls, power windows, cruise control, leather steering wheel, powered and heated mirrors, leather gearshift knob, a perimeter alarm, and tinted glass.

Read the entire article Ford Transit SportVan receives the Metallic Limited Edition

When people think of vans, or just the concept of a white van man, they think of one vehicle in particular: the Ford Transit. Who can blame them? Delivering near-faultless performance and proving to be the most dependable van on the market with each generation released, it has established itself as quite the market leader.

Prior to getting the Ford Transit with Staveley Head van insurance to keep yourself covered when plying your trade, you must be aware of why this van could be perfect for you. Available as new from £17,405 and filled to the brim with new technology, greater efficiency and changes to its styling, the Transit is a genuinely impressive option for people requiring flexible and dependable transport.

"Your choice of commercial vehicle affects the efficiency, productivity and profitability of your business," Ford explains, "and making the right choice has never been as important. That's why the new Ford Transit has been further improved and updated: we've put more new technology in, so you can get more out."

Read the entire article The Ford Transit: the best van money can buy

Another carmaker enters the electric vehicle market -- AM General LLC will do the final assembly of Ford Motor Co.'s electric Transit Connect commercial vans while Azure Dynamics will make the electric driving system.

These vans are set to go on sale next spring. AM General, which is based in South Bend, Ind., is known for its having done the work on military Humvees and Hummers.

The engine-less Transit Connects will be shipped from a factory in Turkey to AM General's Michigan facility, where workers will install Azure's electric system.

Read the entire article AM General going green with Ford’s Transit Connect electric vans