Ford has revealed a new generation of Transit commercial vehicles at its Go Further event.
Developed under its One Ford global product strategy in Europe, the Ford Transit and Ford Transit Connect models will be sold in Europe, North America and other worldwide markets, with product ranges tailored to the needs of customers in each region.
"These new products will carry more, work harder, last longer, and cost our customers less to operate - just as Ford Transits have done for 47 years," said Barb Samardzich, vice president Product Development, Ford of Europe.
"The unprecedented launch of two all-new Transit models will extend Ford's leadership in serving commercial vehicle customers around the world."
The introduction of the new generation Transit and Transit Connect models is a major step in Ford's commitment to completely redesign its entire commercial vehicle line-up for Europe by the end of 2013.
Using the latest global platforms, the two models highlight Ford's new approach to delivering the next generation of commercial vehicles to meet the needs of customers in all worldwide markets.
The new range builds on almost 50 years of experience in creating market-leading commercial vans and was engineered at Ford's Centre of Excellence for commercial vehicles in Europe; applying global product development resources.
The all-new Ford Transit replaces the heavier two-tonne Transit derivatives in Europe and other worldwide markets, and will eventually replace the popular Ford E-Series range in North America.
Offering a range of body styles and derivatives, with multiple wheelbases, roof heights and new chassis cowl versions, all-new and more capable Transit is tailored to the needs of key worldwide markets.
For Europe, a full range of Transit bodystyles and derivatives, offering front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive, will be powered by the latest 2.2-litre Duratorq TDCi diesel.
The all-new Ford Transit Connect aims to deliver new standards for the sub-one-tonne segment for load-carrying ability, cost of ownership and dependability.
Transit Connect features the latest low-CO2 powertrain technologies to deliver best-in-class fuel economy in all of its target markets. In Europe, the engine line-up will include highly-efficient downsized diesel and petrol engines.
The new model has a stylish cockpit with car-like design and craftsmanship, and offers the latest Ford interior technologies and driver assistance features.
"Our new global Ford Transit products will be totally fit for purpose," said Samardzich. "These are the strongest, most capable and most efficient commercial vans we have ever built - this is the start of a new chapter in the Transit success story."
In Europe, deliveries of the all-new Transit and Transit Connect are due to start by the end of 2013.
The two new global models join the Transit Custom in Ford's renewed commercial vehicle line-up for Europe. Targeting the one-tonne market, the all-new Transit Custom is now on sale across European markets.
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