Sevenoaks District Council opts for new Ford Transit Connect

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Sevenoaks District Council is one of the first fleets to take delivery of the new Ford Transit Connect, which went on sale this year.

It replaces the council’s previous generation Ford Transit Connect which provided a reliable service for 10 years.

Ian Finch, head of direct services at Sevenoaks District Council, said: “We are very pleased with the first of the new Ford Transit Connect vans.

"It is used daily to courier documents and goods around and beyond the district.

"We expect this new Ford will be equally reliable as well as helping to further reduce the council’s total fleet emissions and fuel usage.”

Haynes Ford – one of the UK’s oldest-established Ford dealers – supplied the new Transit Connect.

Peter Freeman, fleet and municipal consultant, said: “I sold the first Ford Transit van in the south-east in the 1960s, so it is very pleasing to have taken this order for one of the first of the new Transit Connects almost 50 years on, particularly as the customer is Sevenoaks District Council.”

The council’s annual vehicle replacement programme of 25 Fords allows it to streamline its fleet to ensure the chosen vehicles meet specific needs and requirements.

The council looks for vehicles which are operationally effective, fuel efficient and with minimum vehicle emissions.

The Transit Connect offers a choice of advanced engines including the 1.0 litre three-cylinder EcoBoost petrol engine, which delivers 100PS and 170Nm of torque with a six-speed manual transmission.

When combined with other fuel-saving technologies, such as Auto-Start-Stop, the standard TDCi 95PS diesel achieves around 24% better fuel economy and 25% lower CO2 emissions than the outgoing model.

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