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Ford back in the commercial game

20.08.2014

FORD South Africa has announced the introduction of its new Transit van and chassis cab as well as the Tourneo people movers.

New chassis cab

The Transit Chassis Cab offers the building industry a customisable platform that can be tailored to their precise needs. Transit Chassis Cab’s 2.2-litre Duratorq TDCi engine produces 92kW and 350Nm, and has a gross payload of 1 597kg. The extended long-wheelbase Transit makes use of the same engine, albeit tuned to deliver a more powerful 114kW and 385Nm, allowing it to haul a maximum payload of 2 691kg

Panel van

The two-tonne version of the Transit panel van is available to customers in both medium wheelbase (MWB) or extended long-wheelbase jumbo configurations to suit customers’ load-carrying needs.

Big Tourneo

The Tourneo is also added to the commercial vehicle line-up and will be available in 15-seat configurations. The big Tourneo has been built to offer businesses a factory-built bus for transporting passengers.

But why?

These new models are part of a renewal of Ford’s entire commercial vehicle range for South Africa and Sub-Sahara Africa. “As part of our expansion in South Africa and the Sub Saharan African region, we’re bringing in more Ford product than ever before - and that includes commercial vehicles,” said Gavin Golightly, marketing manager, Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA).

What do I get?

The Transit panel van features a load area that can accommodate key standard-length items including pipes or building boards, and has more vertical side walls as well as larger, more practical door openings. The side load doors boast an opening width of 1 300mm, for easier loading and unloading with forklift trucks.

The two Transit panel vans on offer feature two different roof heights as well as features that include: Integrated high-grip rear bumper step, DIN/ISO compliant side-wall mounted tie-down points, Load space lighting, High-visibility reflectors when the rear doors are open at 90 degrees and a 2 800kg towing capacity for MWB while the Jumbo can handle 3 500kg.

What are they like inside?

Inside the Transit incorporates a full-width overhead shelf and a hidden compartment under the dual passenger seat. Transit also offers an in-vehicle entertainment system as standard, including Bluetooth and USB connectivity as well as three 12-volt power sockets.

Is it safe?

It features ABS brakes with EBD, a Rear-view camera with front and rear park sensors as an option, an Electronic Stability Program (ESP) technology with Curve Control which is designed to slow the vehicle in a stable fashion when it enters a bend too quickly. There’s also Load Adaptive Control, Roll Over Mitigation, Trailer Sway Control and Hill Launch Assist.

Peace of mind

The standard warranty is valid for three years or 60 000km and covers both standard warranty items  and corrosion.

 

Article written by Autodealer
20.08.2014
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