MOSCOW, Russia - Ford Sollers announces that the next-generation Ford Transit will come to the Russian market in 2014. Production of the all-new Ford Transit will start at the Ford Sollers plant in Elabuga in the second half of 2014. The vehicle will go on sale in summer.
The all-new Ford Transit will be available in Russia in a single series and will be powered by the global 2.2-litre Duratorq diesel engine with a choice of three power ratings (125, 135 and 155 PS) paired with a 6-speed manual transmission as standard. The all-new Transit will offer customers the choice of front-, rear- and all-wheel drive.
Multiple GVM options from 3.1 to 4.7 tonnes will be available on the Russian market in a range of bodystyle variants: Van, Chassis Cab, M2 Bus and Kombi. The Van model will be offered with a choice of three length variations and two different roof heights.
The new Van model offers up to 11 per cent more cargo volume than the outgoing model and a range of innovative loadspace features for easier and more secure load carrying. The new generation model has been engineered to deliver outstanding durability. Its immensely strong body construction features high-strength and ultra-high-strength boron steels.
The all-new Transit was developed under the One Ford product strategy for sale in six continents, including Europe, North America and other key markets worldwide. It will continue the renewal of the Russian commercial vehicle line-up that was started in 2013 with the launch of the Tourneo Custom. The all-new Ford Transit is based on a state-of-the-art global platform and will represent Ford in the light and medium commercial vehicles segment.
Production of the Ford Тransit in Russia started at the Ford Sollers Elabuga plant at the beginning of 2012, representing the first significant achievement in the history of the Ford Sollers joint venture. Until the next-generation Transit is introduced, production of the current model continues with the global 2.2-litre Duratorq diesel engine in three power ratings (100, 125 and 155 PS).
Sales of Transit in 2013 grew by 18 per cent, and it has retained its leadership in the light commercial vehicle class among foreign brands in Russia for the last two years. More than 58,000 Ford Transits have been sold in Russia since 1999.
Following its launch in Europe almost 50 years ago in 1965, the Ford Transit has established itself as a reliable and versatile commercial vehicle and has consistently been among the most popular vehicles in its segment. In June 2013 Ford Motor Company celebrated the production of the seven millionth Transit worldwide.
Since its launch on the Russian market, the Ford Transit has received a number of prestigious awards:
2001 – “The Best commercial vehicle in Russia – 2001”
Ford Transit – the winner in the “Best foreign van” nomination
2003 – ComTrans Grand Prix
Ford Transit Jumbo – was named II in the “Best van of the motor show 2003” nomination
2005 – “The Best commercial vehicle in Russia”
Ford Transit Connect – “The best foreign van 2005”
2010 – “The Car of the Year in Russia”
Ford Transit Connect – the winner in the “Mini-vans” category
2012 – “Golden Klaxon 2011”
Ford Transit was awarded as the best commercial vehicle of 2011