BRENTWOOD, UK – Production of the all-new Ford Transit Custom and Tourneo Custom is now underway at the Kocaeli plant in Turkey. Engineering and development of Ford’s new global commercial vehicle range was the responsibility of the Ford Dunton Technical Centre in the UK and engines for the new models are supplied by Ford Dagenham.
The arrival of the Transit Custom van and Tourneo Custom people mover marks the first step in a complete transformation of Ford’s global commercial vehicle range by the end of 2013.
“The Transit Custom is a completely new kind of one-tonne vehicle from Ford,” said Stephen Odell, chairman and CEO, Ford of Europe. “This is a stylish, modern van that customers will be proud to have on their driveway, with the hard-working attitude that they expect from a Transit.”
“The Tourneo Custom is a fantastic-looking people mover – inside and out. It offers outstanding day-to-day, real world practicality as well as being great to drive,” added Odell.
The new Transit Custom sits between the smaller Transit Connect and the larger Transit van in Ford’s commercial vehicle line-up; and is also offered as an eight- or nine-seat people-mover, the Tourneo Custom.
The chassis dynamics have been developed to offer a rewarding driving experience in both models, while car-like interiors and stylish modern exteriors are aimed at broadening the iconic Ford Transit appeal.
Both models are powered by 100PS, 125PS or 155PS versions of Ford’s latest 2.2-litre Duratorq diesel engine, which is produced at Ford Dagenham. They offer class-leading fuel consumption of 43.5mpg* for the Tourneo Custom and 42.8mpg* for the Transit Custom.
Transit Custom and Tourneo Custom models were engineered at the Ford Dunton Technical Centre and are built at Ford Otosan’s Kocaeli plant in Turkey. Production of Duratorq engines at Ford Dagenham for the Transit range of vehicles totals around 300,000 units per annum.
The Ford Transit Custom and Tourneo Custom will go on sale later this year.