Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

New Benchmark for 2-Tonne Trasit; Roberts

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

New Benchmark for 2-Tonne Trasit; Roberts

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BRITAIN'S best selling van has just got better than ever with the arrival of the Ford Transit two-tonne model.

Fitted with the latest engines and gearboxes, the new series builds on the strength of its predecessors and offers reduced maintenance and running costs with improved warranties and the everyday benefits of larger capacity, easier access and more userfriendly cabin.

Coming in above the Courier, Connect and Custom Transit models, the two-tonne model will also be sold in the US for the first time, where it will be built in Kansas, as well as Turkey and Russia.

Using a modular platform like so many car makers do, the new Transit two-tonne will be available with front wheel drive, rear wheel drive and fourwheel-drive in three wheelbase measurements with pickups, vans and crew-cab versions available as well as mini-buses in various seating capacities and two roof-height choices.

It has an 11% higher capacity, better load location, a lower access step and a sliding side door which will permit loading pallets by fork lift trucks. There is also brighter interior space lighting, easy clean liners and better body protection.

Cabs are roomier with more car-like adjustable seating and steering column, increased stowage and flat surfaces as well as charging points for laptops and phones.

There will be Base and Trend models in the new series from PS20,795 and PS22,295, plus taxes and duties respectively with BIK rates at PS51.50 per month.

The Transit two-tonne uses three power output versions of the same 2.2 Duratorqu diesel assembled in Dagenham with a choice of 100, 125 or 155PS power with the least powerful for the FWD versions and the RWD models use the two others, while the AWD is only produced with the mid-power engine.

Launch manager for the Transit series, Christine Lund, said: "The Transit is a very important model for Ford in Europe and the UK and we have made seven million since the original was launched nearly 50 years ago and with the latest we are taking it into the United States as well."

She added that Ford had not only increased the physical dimensions over the previous series but had fitted or offered more technology for users and this has reduced running costs. …

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