-The all-new Transit Custom van and Tourneo Custom people mover have broken new ground as the first one-tonne vehicles to achieve maximum five-star safety ratings from independent vehicle safety organisation Euro NCAP.
The Transit Custom, the 2013 “International Van of the Year”, scored 77 per cent overall after being subjected to Euro NCAP’s new heavy vehicle crash tests; achieving best–in-class marks for child protection (90 per cent), adult protection (84 per cent) and safety features (71 per cent).
Ford also received the first-ever Euro NCAP Advanced rewards for technology available on a commercial vehicle. Lane Keeping Alert brings Ford’s total of different Advanced rewards to seven – more than any other manufacturer; Ford also achieved a further Advanced reward for SYNC with Emergency Assistance.
“Transit Custom redefines safety in its sector,” said Barb Samardzich, vice president, Product Development, Ford of Europe. “We’ve combined a high strength steel structure, a pedestrian-friendly front end and segment-leading safety technologies to create a van that provides the best protection available – something fleet customers and owner operators will appreciate.”
The all-new Transit Custom is engineered to deliver outstanding occupant and pedestrian protection in all accident situations. Its bodyshell features more than 40 per cent high strength and ultra-high strength steels and the vehicle was subjected to more than 4,500 virtual crash simulations and 30 physical crash tests during development.
It is engineered with a comprehensive range of features in the front end of the vehicle which are carefully designed to reduce the risk of injury to pedestrians; and is the first Transit to be available with an enhanced restraint system with curtain airbags for front seat occupants.
“With such good protection for its occupants and also for pedestrians, the Ford Transit Custom is undoubtedly setting a high standard,” said Michiel van Ratingen, secretary general, Euro NCAP. “Testing vehicles in this segment is a new departure for Euro NCAP and it is pleasing that consumers wishing to purchase 5-star vehicles of this size can now do so.”
Lane Keeping Alert technology vibrates the steering wheel and triggers an alert in the display cluster to warn the driver if the system detects the vehicle is drifting out of lane. SYNC with Emergency Assistance enables Transit Custom to assist the occupants to call the local emergency services operator in an industry-leading 26 languages, spoken in 40 European regions. It uses information from the on-board GPS unit, map and mobile network to pinpoint the accident location and calls emergency services via an occupant’s Bluetooth connected mobile phone. The technology is also available on all-new B-MAX, new Fiesta, C-MAX, Focus and new Kuga
“The Euro NCAP Advanced rewards recognise safety innovation of the highest level and Ford is the first manufacturer to receive one for a vehicle tested under the heavy vehicle protocol,” said Andre Seeck, president, Euro NCAP. “Transit Custom owners will now be able to benefit from safety and driver assistance technologies which were previously only available on passenger cars.”
The all-new Tourneo Custom people mover also benefits from this Euro NCAP five-star rating, offering outstanding safety to personal use and executive shuttle customers.
The Tourneo Custom people mover brings car-like style and sophistication to the segment and is available in eight-seat or nine-seat configurations with a choice of two wheelbases offering outstanding functionality, durability and low cost of ownership.
The rear seats are a completely new design that can be easily folded into multiple configurations and removed in segments or completely. Rear passengers enjoy a spacious environment and comfortable, fully-trimmed cabin.
Both the Transit Custom and Tourneo Custom are on sale now.