Transit Custom launched at CV Show

New van aimed at owner/driver

Published:  25 April, 2012

THE latest generation of  Ford Transit Custom has made its debut at the CV Show currently being held in Birmingham.

The new model has been designed to be substantially more car-like than the regular one-tonne Transit, which will remain on sale.  The firm hope that a more comfortable LCV with contemporary styling will appeal to owner drivers who want a van that can also be used for social and domestic purposes.

To begin with, all Euro V models feature start-stop systems controlled by a combined 'startenator' unit. The vehicle also has a wider load width than its predecessor as well as a hatch in the load area bulkhead to accommodate long or pokey objects. The van also features a dashboard similar in design to the current passenger car line up.

Additionally, the newcomer has a long options list, such as a rear view mirror that doubles as a reversing screen on some models. Buyers can also opt for a roof rack that folds flat on the roof when not in use.

The Transit was not the only new vehicle launched at the show. Chinese firm Great Wall introduced a double cab pickup model that will retail for around £13,500. The newcomer will be known as the Steed in Europe as the importer wisely decided that the domestic market model name of 'Wingle' just wouldn't cut it with European buyers.

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