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.
Transit Custom provides to-of-the-class load-carrying ability. It comes with several innovative loadspace features like the load-through hatch in the bulkhead for very long items, and the integrated roof rack which can be tucked away when not being used.
In addition, the driver gains from the newest Ford technologies such as the Lane Keeping Aid and Ford SYNC. The class-leading fuel economy with a CO2 emissions level from 174 g/km is offered by the improved 2.2-litre Duratorq TDCi diesel available with Auto-Start-Stop. Meanwhile, cost-of-ownership is limited by the longest service intervals in the class at two-years/50,000 km/30,000 miles.
The brand new Ford Transit Custom is launched with a dramatic new body form which, for the first time ever on a purely commercial car, shares style features with Ford's new breed of kinetic design vehicles.
Only one glance at the strong trapezoidal lower grille, and the huge laid-back headlights that run into the broad rising shoulder line denote that this car is a new type of transit. The car's more athletic built and more active aura make a strong impact.
Campbell added that by providing the front part a curvier three-dimensional look in plain view, and by slightly increasing the 'tumblehome' or the sides of the upper body, they have made a style which appears more stylishly elegant and more compact but still provides more room and practicality.
The mix of improved functionality and design is seen once more at the back of the car, where the highly distinct rear light is positioned higher this time, offering a neat and innovative look and better visibility with the broadest possible back door width.
Excellent details in design
In every car detail, Ford engineers and designers have collaborated to make sure that the latest Transit Custom does not only look modern and elegant, but that it meets the demand for a stunningly crafted finish as well.