By John Simpson 19 July 2012
Deliveries for the newest incarnation of the renowned workhorse won’t begin until November but the blue oval has released details on its class-leading load capabilities.
Ford claims the Transit Custom will offer more loadspace than its rivals (6.0m3 SAE on short wheelbase model, 6.8m3 on the long), the largest side door opening (1320 x 1030mm), best width between wheel arches (1390mm), and space to carry three loaded Euro pallets.
Plenty of effort has been made to make the new Transit more visually pleasing than ever before but Barry Gale, Ford’s Chief Engineer for Commercial Vehicles, says there’s more to it than just a pretty face.
“This may be a more stylish Transit, but it’s a more functional Transit too,” he comments.
“The additional features we have built into the loadspace make everyday functions more convenient – so it’s easier for customers to do their job.”
Durability has been a bigger priority than before with some merciless testing from Ford.
Some rampant hooligan was tasked with slamming the front doors 250,000 times to test for durability (maybe a machine did it, we can only speculate).
The wheels, hubs, bearings and steering gear have been through their paces by driving in a figure of eight for over a month.
The Transit has also been driven at top speed on a German Autobahn non-stop flat-out for two months.
Price and specification will be released closer to the November launch date.