BIRMINGHAM, England – Ford’s compact and efficient all-new Transit Courier van today makes its global debut at the 2013 Birmingham CV Show as the company presents its complete line-up of four next-generation Transit commercial vehicles for the first time.
Offering class-leading loadspace, running costs and safety features, the Transit Courier is the smallest member of the all-new Transit range, and joins the Transit Connect, Transit Custom and Transit in the most comprehensive ever line-up of Transit vehicles.
“Ford has now completely transformed its commercial vehicle line-up, with four all-new, class-leading Transits for European customers,” said Barb Samardzich, vice president, Product Development, Ford of Europe. “With the all-new Transit range, we expect sales to grow to 400,000 units per year by 2016, well over 50 per cent more than we sell today.”
The Transit Courier goes on sale in spring 2014, when all four new Transit models will be available in European showrooms. The line-up will also include the spacious new high-roof version of the Transit Custom that is also revealed for the first time in Birmingham.
Ford’s renewed commercial vehicle range is completed by the new Fiesta Van and new Ranger, winner of the International Pickup Award 2013 that joins the Transits on the Birmingham stand.
All-new Transit Courier
The all-new Transit Courier marks a significant development for the Transit range, expanding the nameplate into the compact van segment for the first time.
Based on Ford’s global B-segment platform, the Transit Courier delivers class-leading load volume of 2.3 m3 (SAE) with standard full bulkhead within an overall length of 4.16 metres, and offers the agile handling and manoeuvrability of a compact vehicle.
The load compartment offers best-in-class features including:
- longest load length at floor level of 1.62 m
- greatest access width through sliding rear side doors
- full-height, full-width steel bulkhead (glazed or unglazed), fully compliant with DIN and ISO standards for load restraints
- optional folding mesh bulkhead and fold-dive passenger seat to accommodate extended length items, with class-leading load length of 2.59 m
- six cargo tie-down points (DIN and ISO compliant), including four rear side-mounted points to avoid obstruction of the floor area
- multiple pre-installed bodyside fixing points to mount racking or framework
- optional ultra-bright LED loadspace lighting
With a generous load volume and maximum payload capacity of 660 kg, the Transit Courier can accommodate a wide variety of cargo and equipment, including a standard Euro pallet. Kombi versions offer flexible 60/40 split folding rear seats with a tip/tumble mechanism for additional versatility or dual business/personal usage.
“With 10 per cent more load volume and floor area than its closest competitors, the all-new Transit Courier brings a new level of productivity to the compact van segment,” Samardzich said. “This is a stylish, practical and affordable new van that businesses will value for its agility and exceptionally low cost of ownership.”
The Transit Courier will be available with highly-efficient diesel and petrol engines that target best-in-class fuel economy, and offer Auto-Start-Stop on all units. Customers can choose between 1.5-litre (75 PS) and 1.6-litre (95 PS) Duratorq TDCi diesel engines, and the remarkable 100 PS 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine, the “International Engine of the Year” 2012.
Providing a stylish and professional appearance, the Transit Courier demonstrates the dynamic character of Ford’s global design language with its strong rising shoulder line, slim headlamps and high-mounted signature trapezoidal grille. Rugged bumpers and bodyside mouldings provide added protection and minimise repair costs.
The cabin offers an ideal mobile-office environment, with smart stowage including a “mega-centre” console capable of storing A4 documents and small laptops; overhead stowage; and a storage drawer under the driver’s seat. A device dock in the centre of the instrument panel enables occupants to store, mount and charge mobile devices including phones and satnavs.
The Transit Courier will also offer voice-activated in-car connectivity system Ford SYNC with Emergency Assistance, Ford SYNC AppLink, Rear View Camera, Easy Fuel, Speed Limiter and standard ESC (Electronic Stability Control); and a class-leading variety of safety features, including side thorax airbags, curtain airbags, knee airbags and second-row seat belt minders for the Kombi version.