Eu­ro­pe's top sel­ler now in South A­fri­ca

Per­fect for small and me­di­um en­ter­pri­ses or as an ad­di­ti­on to the fleet, Ford’s Tran­sit Cu­stom is al­so com­for­ta­ble e­nough to ser­ve as a mo­bi­le of­fi­ce.

George Herald - Auto Dealer - - Voorblad -

Ford’s la­test mo­del Tran­sit Cu­stom, the top­sel­ling one-ton com­mer­ci­al van in Eu­ro­pe, is now a­vai­la­ble in South A­fri­ca.

It sports a bold new front-end de­sign with three-bar Tran­sit gril­le and pro­vi­des dri­vers with the i­de­al mo­bi­le of­fi­ce en­vi­ron­ment, fe­a­tu­ring a practi­cal ca­bin that of­fers sto­wa­ge, im­pro­ved com­fort and er­go­no­mi­cs.

“With a pro­ven pe­digree in the de­man­ding com­mer­ci­al vehi­cle mar­ket, the new Tran­sit Cu­stom rai­ses the ga­me,” says Do­reen Mashi­ni­ni, ge­ne­ral ma­na­ger of mar­ke­ting at Ford Mo­tor Com­pa­ny Sout­hern A­fri­ca. “We lis­te­ned ca­re­ful­ly to our cu­s­to­mers and are proud to de­li­ver a one-ton van that is mo­re sty­lish, pro­ducti­ve and pac­ked with smart fe­a­tu­res.”

In­tro­du­ced in South A­fri­ca in 2013, the Tran­sit Cu­stom was the first of Ford’s ex­pan­ded all-new Tran­sit li­ne-up to go on sa­le. It was la­ter joi­ned by the Tran­sit me­di­um com­mer­ci­al vehi­cle (MCV) li­ne-up and a key dri­ver in Ford be­co­ming Eu­ro­pe’s num­ber one com­mer­ci­al vehi­cle brand in 2015. The vehi­cle has held t­his po­si­ti­on e­ver sin­ce.


The new Tran­sit Cu­stom has a dy­n­a­mic and pro­fes­si­o­nal new front-end ap­pea­ran­ce with a high-moun­ted tra­pe­zoi­dal gril­le and dy­n­a­mic, slim he­ad­lamps. The la­test lig­hting techno­lo­gy of­fers dis­tincti­ve new sig­na­tu­re day­ti­me run­ning lig­hts and au­to­ma­ti­cal­ly acti­va­ted quad­be­am ha­lo­gen he­ad­lig­hts. The ca­bin re­tains its practi­cal and ver­sa­ti­le la­yout, with an ar­ray of u­se­ful tou­ches de­sig­ned for dri­vers to use the ca­bin as a mo­bi­le of­fi­ce du­ring long hours in the vehi­cle. Out­stan­ding in­te­ri­or stora­ge is pro­vi­ded with con­ve­nient com­part­ments lo­ca­ted throug­hout the ca­bin, in­clu­ding a clo­sed u­nit a­bo­ve the in­stru­ment pa­nel, lar­ge bott­le hol­ders on either si­de of the dashbo­ard and spa­ci­ous bin­na­cles within the door pa­nels. All-day com­fort is en­han­ced by new se­at de­signs fe­a­tu­ring re­vi­sed fo­am pad­ding and ge­o­me­try for sup­port, whi­le trim ma­te­ri­als ha­ve been com­ple­te­ly re­ne­wed throug­hout. The fo­cus is on out­stan­ding qua­li­ty, du­ra­bi­li­ty and ap­pea­ran­ce. T­his in­clu­des se­at fa­bri­cs that ha­ve been sub­jected to Ford’s toug­hest e­ver a­bra­si­on tes­ts.


The new Tran­sit Cu­stom sports a ran­ge of advanced dri­ver as­sis­tan­ce fe­a­tu­res that are found on Ford’s la­test mo­dels. Acti­ve dri­ving safety is en­han­ced with the fit­ment of the e­lec­tro­nic sta­bi­li­ty pro­gram­me (ESP) as stan­dard a­cross the ran­ge, in­cor­po­ra­ting hill launch as­sist (HLA), lo­ad a­dap­ti­ve con­t­rol (LAC), roll-o­ver mi­ti­ga­ti­on (ROM) and op­ti­o­nal trai­ler sway con­t­rol (TSC) which is acti­va­ted with the fit­ment of a tow bar at a Ford de­a­ler. T­his is bol­ste­red with ABS bra­kes in­clu­ding e­lec­tro­nic bra­ke for­ce dis­tri­bu­ti­on (EBD).

Dri­ver and pas­sen­ger ai­r­bags are stan­dard a­cross the Tran­sit Cu­stom ran­ge. A­cross the li­ne-up, par­king is ma­de has­sle-free with the in­clu­si­on of front and re­ar sen­sors lin­ked to a par­king ca­me­ra dis­play in the re­ar view mir­ror. Dri­ver com­fort and con­ve­nien­ce are as­su­red with the pro­vi­si­on of air-con­di­ti­o­ning with in­te­gra­ted pol­len fil­ter, e­lec­tric win­dows and s­teer­ing w­heel con­trols for the built-in au­dio sy­stem.

Vehi­cle se­cu­ri­ty is pro­vi­ded by me­ans of re­mo­te po­wer cen­tral locking with dou­ble locking fa­ci­li­ty, dri­ve-a­way locking with crash un­locking, al­ong with a pe­ri­me­ter an­ti-theft a­larm. Crui­se con­t­rol with speed li­mi­ter is stan­dard a­cross the ran­ge. All mo­dels are e­quip­ped with a built-in au­dio sy­stem in­cor­po­ra­ting Blu­e­tooth, USB and Aux con­necti­vi­ty and s­teer­ing w­heel-moun­ted con­trols.


The new Tran­sit Cu­stom of­fers com­mer­ci­al vehi­cle o­pe­ra­tors out­stan­ding ca­pa­bi­li­ties from a vehi­cle li­ne-up that in­clu­des two w­heel­ba­se lengt­hs, two bo­dy sty­les in the three-se­a­ter pa­nel van or the kom­bi van that pro­vi­des se­a­ting for up to six occu­pants, as well as three trim le­vels (Am­bien­te, Sport and T­rend).

Lo­ad-car­rying a­bi­li­ty is a pri­ma­ry con­si­de­ra­ti­on for com­mer­ci­al cu­s­to­mers. T­his is w­he­re the a­ward-win­ning Tran­sit cu­stom pa­nel van ex­cels. The new mo­del of­fers a gross pay­lo­ad ran­ging from 1 155kg on the Sport SWB to a hef­ty 1 505kg on the 92 kW Am­bien­te LWB.

In­no­va­ti­ve lo­ad spa­ce fe­a­tu­res e­na­ble o­w­ners to car­ry a wi­de va­ri­e­ty of goods, such as the lo­ad-through ha­tch in the bulk­he­ad for ex­tra­long i­tems up to a max­i­mum length of

3 452mm.

The Tran­sit Cu­stom LWB mo­dels ha­ve a max­i­mum lo­ad a­rea of up to 6,83m³ up to the full-width steel bulk­he­ad, or 5,95m³ on the Sport SWB mo­del. Up to eig­ht DIN-com­pli­ant tie­do­wn loops are fit­ted in the lo­ad com­part­ment to sa­fely se­cu­re lo­ads.

Access to the lo­ad a­rea is through the s­li­ding door on the pas­sen­ger si­de, with the Kom­bi Van T­rend be­ne­fi­ting from du­al si­de doors. T­his can be se­lected as an op­ti­on on the ot­her mo­dels.

The re­ar-hin­ged doors o­pen to 180º for e­a­se of access, in­cor­po­ra­ting a po­si­ti­ve stop at 90º

and click-lock functi­o­na­li­ty. De­pen­ding on mo­del, the ca­bin has either par­ti­al or full rub­ber in­su­la­ted floor co­vers de­sig­ned for e­a­sy cle­a­ning. A se­a­led e­a­sy-cle­an lo­ad floor is sup­p­lied in the Sport and can be or­de­red as an op­ti­o­nal i­tem on the ot­her pa­nel van de­ri­va­ti­ves. All de­ri­va­ti­ves are ap­pro­ved for to­wing a 750kg un­bra­ked trai­ler and be­t­ween 1 300 and 1 800kg for a bra­ked trai­ler, de­pen­ding on the mo­del.


The li­ne is led by the dy­n­a­mic and po­pu­lar Sport se­ries, a­vai­la­ble ex­clu­si­ve­ly in short w­heel­ba­se hig­hper­for­man­ce pa­nel van con­fi­gu­ra­ti­on.

The Sport’s sig­na­tu­re twin bon­net stri­pes and ex­te­ri­or bo­dy kit ha­ve been re­de­sig­ned for the new mo­del, fe­a­tu­ring a lo­wer front skirt for the front bum­per with u­ni­que fog lig­ht be­zels, bo­dy-co­lour si­de skirts, re­ar bum­per skirts and muscu­lar w­heel arch ex­ten­si­ons. In keeping with its athle­tic cha­rac­ter, the Sport has 18” al­loy w­heels with low-pro­fi­le 235/50 R18 ty­res.

The spor­ty sty­le con­ti­nues in­si­de the ca­bin with par­ti­al le­at­her in­te­ri­or trim that com­bi­nes stri­king new em­bos­sed fa­bric in­serts with le­at­her bol­sters.


The new Tran­sit Cu­stom is po­we­red by Ford’s pro­ven ran­ge of Du­ra­torq TDCi four-cy­lin­der tur­bo­die­sel en­gi­nes that em­ploy com­mon rail di­rect in­jecti­on to de­li­ver the i­de­al com­bi­na­ti­on of per­for­man­ce, fu­el e­co­nomy and re­li­a­bi­li­ty. Three ver­si­ons of t­his en­gi­ne are of­fe­red in the pa­nel van li­ne-up, star­ting off with a 74kW u­nit in the long w­heel­ba­se Am­bien­te that de­li­vers 310Nm of tor­que from just 1 300r/min.

A hig­her-out­put ver­si­on is al­so a­vai­la­ble, cre­di­ted with 92kW and 350Nm. The Tran­sit Cu­stom Sport is the on­ly mo­del in the ran­ge to be po­we­red by the 114kW ver­si­on of t­his en­gi­ne, ma­t­ched to a peak tor­que out­put of 385Nm - thus gi­ving it the dy­n­a­mic po­ten­ti­al to suit its spor­ty ap­pea­ran­ce.

In the ver­sa­ti­le Kom­bi Van ran­ge, two mo­dels are of­fe­red: the Am­bien­te long w­heel­ba­se de­ri­va­ti­ve and the hig­her­spe­ci­fi­ca­ti­on T­rend short w­heel­ba­se va­ri­ant. Both use the 92kW and 350Nm Du­ra­torq TDCi en­gi­ne, with a six-speed ma­nu­al trans­mis­si­on com­mon to all mo­dels.


Ford Tran­sit Cu­stom re­com­men­ded re­tail pri­ces are:

Pa­nel Van 2,2 TDCi LWB Am­bien­te 74kW 6MT - R436 000; 2,2 TDCi LWB Am­bien­te 92kW 6MT - R443 400; 2,2 TDCi SWB Sport 114kW 6MT R482 200.

Kom­bi Van 2,2 TDCi LWB Am­bien­te 92kW 6MT - R480 400; 2,2 TDCi SWB T­rend 92kW 6MT - R505 500.

All mo­dels co­me stan­dard with Ford Pro­tect, com­pri­sing a four y­e­ar or 120 000km com­pre­hen­si­ve war­ran­ty, three y­e­ar un­li­mi­ted dis­tan­ce ro­ad­s­i­de as­sis­tan­ce and fi­ve y­e­ar un­li­mi­ted ki­lo­me­t­re cor­ro­si­on war­ran­ty.

A six y­e­ar or 90 000km ser­vi­ce plan is in­clu­ded, with 15 000km ser­vi­ce in­ter­vals.

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