The Ford Motor Company is famous for giving the world the Ford Fiesta, Focus, Mondeo and perhaps the most famous model of all the Ford Escort.
For us there is a far more important reason why the Ford Motor Company are so famous. The TV advert summed it all up. The Transit van is indeed the backbone of the British economy. They have produced the Ford Transit van since the mid 1960's and some reports indicate that over 5 million vans have left the production line already.
Ford have left the range they offer simple and mainly unchanged for a number of years now and it consists of the paneled transit vans, the transit minibuses and their smaller vans too. Did you know that the humble Transit has been the best-selling light commercial vehicle in Europe for 40 years, and lets face it, when any one says they need a panel van they really do say transit, don't they. When last did someone say I need to hire a panel van for the weekend or do a search on Google for panel vans for sale? It's not that often! My friends all refer to any panel van as a transit, be it build by Citroen, Renault or Ford.
Here's an interesting one for you.
Originally a panel van was build on a car chassis but as they became more popular and business owners started using them more, the demands on the chassis grew and soon enough the chassis sizes grew and they were more easily defined by the fact that a panel van was a rigid bodied but still non articulated van. The width of the body and the tonnage were not what really differentiated this vehicle from a small truck, but it was the panels enclosing the load area with no windows! And that has been something which is still exactly the same today! Over the past 10 years the panel van has really evolved to include smaller vans such as the Berlingo and Vauxhall Astra Van. Much smaller than a transit van, with less axils tonnage, but very economical to run and an essential part of every sell employed handy mans tool kit.