DUNTON, UK – Ford’s all-new Transit Custom delivers class-leading load-carrying ability to make lighter work for plumbers, electricians and all trades which rely on a van to run their business.
Transit Custom’s combination of best in class features; including the largest side door opening, best width between wheel arches, and the ability to carry three loaded Euro pallets; is coupled with innovations inspired by talking to and observing customers.*
“We watched different trades using their van over several months, and then asked them what features would make life easier,” said Barry Gale, chief engineer, Commercial Vehicles, Ford of Europe. “Using a combination of our observations and their feedback, we designed and developed a van that is bigger inside than any of its competitors – and that has smarter storage solutions too.”
Ford’s Transit Custom is a stylish all-new design with a car-like interior and driving experience, combined with legendary Transit durability and low cost-of-ownership. It is designed to expand the appeal of the Transit range to trades and small businesses which might not have considered a Transit before.
By shaping the Transit Custom bulkhead (which partitions the cab from the load area), and the bodysides to deliver maximum volume, the designers created a 6.0m3 loadspace, capable of swallowing three loaded Euro pallets – a feat no other competitor can manage.
Builders, carpenters and other tradespeople, for whom loading vans with bulky items is a daily requirement, will also welcome side loading doors which are taller and wider than any rival; along with more space between the wheel arches inside the load area, allowing wide loads to be easily loaded and stored.
Feedback from van customers led to innovative practical storage solutions, which will help Transit Custom users transport larger, more awkward items.
The unique foldable roof rack system means users can not only load bulky items on the roof, but also store the roof bars away into recesses in the roof panel when they are not required. This unique system is expected to help cut fuel bills when the bars are folded down – and allow the van to fit under two-metre car park height restrictions.
“This roof rack system not only gives customers a flexible and convenient way of adding extra carrying capacity when they need it, it can also reduce the extra drag caused by leaving an empty roof rack on the vehicle,” added Gale.
Inside the van, decorators or plumbers will appreciate a special load-through hatch in the bulkhead, which enables loads up to three metres in length, such as pipes or ladders, to be safely carried inside a short wheelbase vehicle.
The Ford Transit Custom goes on sale in Europe later in 2012.