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FORD transit drives into 2009 with many more options


* New Double Cab-in-Van model on a medium wheelbase platform with low roof
* Chassis cab with converted rear compartment for safe storage
* Light tint glass option now available on Tourneo
* New shift indicator light for optimum driving economy
* Thatcham alarm option now available on double chassis cab

BRENTWOOD.– A host of new options are now available for businesses to help them continue to use Ford Transit as the backbone of Britain.

Transit Double Cab Utility Chassis has been introduced as a Special Vehicle Option (SVO) featuring unglazed second row cab doors with the rear seats removed. An additional option means customers can also combine this new style of cab with a panel van bulkhead to form a secure load area for valued equipment. Consequently, a bed-mounted box is not required which would add weight, take up load space and reduce payload. The ’Utility’ will be available to order next Spring, prices will be announced nearer the on-sale date.

For the growing number of businesses requiring dual usage from their vehicles to move both crews and equipment, the Transit Double Cab-in-Van (DCIV) range provides the answer. A new front wheel drive, medium wheelbase, low roof model comes with a choice of three 2.2-litre TDCi powertrains – 85PS, 115PS, 140PS. With a GVM of 2800kg and a payload of 903kg to 915 kg. It is on sale now, priced from £17,420.

The eight- and nine-seat Transit Tourneo is now available with a light tint glass option priced at £80.00 to cater for the private hire operators who need tinted windows to gain local authority approvals to operate their taxi business.

A new standard fitting on all diesel engine Transits is the shift indicator light (SIL). Located in the instrument cluster, it illuminates for a short period at the optimum time to change to a higher gear. This can improve fuel economy, reduce CO2 emissions and decrease wear on engine and transmission components. It does not illuminate during periods of high acceleration, braking or when the clutch pedal is depressed.

A Thatcham approved Category 1 alarm is now available as an option priced at £175.00 on all Transit double chassis cabs.

Steve Kimber, commercial vehicles director, Ford of Britain, said: “We are always looking to build on Transit core values of cost, economy and durability. Large and small companies alike are always looking for security options, a good environment for the driver and a vehicle that is bespoke for their needs. Listening to those requests for new options creates the strength of Transit and its siblings.”


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