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.
Some Interesting Ford Transit Van Facts:
The Mighty Transit:
The Ford Motor Company is possibly one of the most well respected transit vans in the world today. The transit van plays a major role in many if not most of the British companies small vehicle, multi-drop fleet. 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. The range is simple, unchanged for many years and consists of the paneled transit vans, the transit minibuses and their vans too. The 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. Job done!
It's fascinating to read about the introduction of the Transit Van and minibus online. The first models had to compete with the Bedford CE! Seen one of those lately? They were fitted with a V4 engine and the diesel version which was an instant failure was replaced with mighty V6 and straight-6 motors directly out of the US Ford Falcon. In later years Ford used the Pinto and Cortina engines as upgrades and the excellent Essex V6 featured for years. Many will remember the Essex V6 powered the 3.0 Capri and some of the Reliant Scimitars. Later engines to power the Transit minibuses included the Scorpio, Galaxy and Sierra based motors. Ford offer a great range of engine sizes with both both front and rear wheel drive transmission options. Today's modern Ford Transit Minibus engines range from the 2.2 Duratorq TDCi 115 and 140 PS and both have 6 speed gearboxes! May I say here that the 140 PS is fantastic to drive and you could easily be of the opinion that it is more comfortable to drive than your family car! The 2.2 Duratorq is available for the latest range of 9 and 12 seat Transit Minibuses. They also offer a 2.4 litre engine in three power ranges with the weaker 100 PS engine only having a 5 speed gearbox. The other two are a gain a 115 and 140 PS motor with 6 speed.
The latest range of Ford Transit Minibuses provide spacious interiors in an effort to increase the comfort levels of both passengers and the driver. Having driven a Ford Transit Van for the past 18 months at work, I can not emphasis enough just how nice it is to drive. The new Ford Transit Minibus offers both safety and comfort. Over the past years Ford have worked hard to make their range of Transit Minibuses easier to drive in and around our British cities. Thanks to Fords work in revising steering, suspension, anti-lock brakes and road noise they have very successfully made their vehicles fell more like you are driving a family car than minibus. I mentioned this fact earlier and I feel it's such a great point to re iterate. Comfort is all important especially on log trips and drivers need to feel refreshed after a long trip, not tired. Ford have achieved this very well. It’s also versatile enough to accommodate 9,12,15 and 17 seat versions.
Additionally options such as the amazing Hill Launch Assist, Cruise Control and Emergency Brake Assist are exceptionally clever technologies that Ford have and are adding to their vehicles, providing a level of driver confidence before unknown in the industry. The 15 seater minibus even has an All-wheel drive option for those who live in colder, wetter regions or particularly hill areas.
The newer Transits are packed with technology to make your journey easier and more comfortable still. Headlights switch on automatically in low light; wipers turn automatically on when rain is detected. Cruise control lets you sit back and enjoy your trip. Plus, there’s also optional satellite navigation and Bluetooth® wireless connectivity. Worth that little extra! Safety features include anti-lock brakes (ABS), driver’s and front outer passenger airbags and a Schedule 6-pack, including a first aid kit, fire extinguisher, CD player system and electrically-operated windows and mirrors.
Some of the options available on the latest range of Transit Minibus 9 Seater 12 seats 15 seater and 17 seat models include:
- ABS) Anti-lock braking systems
- Three-point lap and diagonal inertia reel seat belts
- Front Driver’s and front passenger's airbags
- Dual front passenger’s seat
- Electric windows and heated exterior mirrors
- Optional rear compartment heating (12- and 15-seat Minibus only)
- Choice of audio systems, some including sat nav
Full Service History is a valuable asset, as it makes the vehicle more 'transparent', however do not be too concerned if some stamps are missing from the service book as books only get stamped if the customer hands it in and checks on collection of the vehicle from service. We endeavor to provide as much history as possible with all the vehicles we sell. Call us now and find out what we can do for you. Ben weaver Commercials are able to help you maintain your vehicle for as long as you need after you buy it from us too as our fully equipped garage caters for all levels of work.
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