NANCHANG, China — Ford’s New Generation Transit, packed with class-leading safety features and more power, while delivering reduced emissions, has rolled off the line in Nanchang at Jiangling Motors Co., Ltd., (JMC), Ford’s commercial vehicle partner in China.
York Chen, president of Jiangling Motors, praised the collaboration between Sino-Foreign engineers during the R&D process.
“The new model is developed in the spirit of One Ford with excellent collaboration between the Ford global team and JMC engineering team,” said Chen at the Job One ceremony on Jan 21.
As a high-end model from the 2013 Transit new Euro series, the New Generation Transit not only comes with an advanced powertrain system and better emission performance but also presents a more refined interior and a class-leading safety performance.
“It was truly a practice of integrating European quality with China local demands as we worked across time zones, cultural and language barriers to accomplish what we set out to do,” said Ford Chief Program Engineer Praveen Cherian.
Compared to the previous model, new safety features are added to the vehicle, including the high braking light and the reinforced anti-pressure roof, to guarantee a top-notch safety performance. Improvements are also made to the vehicle interior, such as air conditioner outlets, seats, trim colors and materials, to create an upscale and comfortable cabin environment.
To cater for different customer needs, the New Generation Transit offers two power options, a 2.2L engine and a 2.4L engine. In addition to a significantly improved power performance, the new vehicle also meets the Euro V emission standards, making it an environment friendly option in the commercial van segment.
Ford Transit’s commercial lineup enjoys strong market demand around the world, with six million units sold globally since its launch.
Ford and JMC executives and engineers celebrating the New Generation Transit Job One.