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The All New Ford Transit Custom

According to Ford, ‘the all new Ford Transit Custom introduces a new level of load carrying ability to the one-tonne van segment with more space, more convenience and a range of innovative new loadspace features’.

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Beneath its exterior, the new model remains completely true to its Transit heritage by offering class-leading load volume, together with a carefully optimised load space that delivers outstanding everyday versatility and practicality.

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The Transit Custom’s unique new loadspace features were developed by Ford engineers following a special innovation project which captured feedback from customers about those needs that are not currently met by one-tonne vehicles.

“This may be a more stylish Transit, but it’s a more functional Transit, too,” Barry Gale, Commercial Vehicles chief engineer, Ford of Europe, told Tachoblog.

“The additional features we have built into the loadspace make everyday functions more convenient – so it’s easier for customers to do their job.”

During the development process, Ford designers and engineers gave maximum priority to combining the largest possible load box within the Transit Custom’s dynamic and streamlined appearance. Particular attention was given to the detailed design of the bulkhead and bodysides to optimise the size and practicality of the load space.

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This rigorous approach has ensured that the Transit Custom offers best-in-class load volume:

The SWB model is also the only vehicle in its class capable of transporting three Euro pallets with a one-metre high load, which is also not possible in the current SWB Transit.

The outstanding load carrying capabilities of the van are also reflected in a number of other areas:

The design of the load box was carefully optimised using detailed CAD models of the load area, and of the items – such as ladders or storage boxes – typically transported by tradesman and professionals, to ensure practicality and convenience in everyday use.

The load-carrying capability of the new vehicle has been further enhanced by a number of innovative features which appear for the first time on the Transit Custom.

The new features were developed by Ford engineers as part of a special innovation project which allowed one-tonne van customers to provide feedback on additional capabilities which they would value in the new product.

Having spent time with customers in their vehicles and listened to their input, the Ford innovation team developed product ideas to address the greatest customer needs.  Following further customer reviews, the most successful ideas were developed for final production.

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The key loadspace innovations in the Transit Custom include:

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From rigorous computer-based simulations, through Ford’s ultra-stringent commercial vehicle test regimes on test rigs and proving grounds, to real-world trials with hard-working customer fleets, Ford’s all new Transit Custom has been repeatedly pushed to the limit and beyond.

Even before the vehicle goes on sale, it will have been driven the equivalent of three million miles, including at least 250,000 miles with Transit customers.

“The Transit Custom may look stylish and car-like, but that doesn’t mean that we’ve given it an easier time during development and testing,” said Kevin Strutt, supervisor CV durability, Ford of Europe. “The Transit has a hard-earned reputation for bullet-proof reliability, and we’re confident the new model will follow in the same tradition.”

Over 40 per cent of the body is made from high-strength or ultra-high-strength steels while extensive underbody protection means it comes with a 12-year anti-perforation warranty as standard.

The engineering process starts with rigorous analysis of the new vehicle using super-accurate computer-based simulation models, designed to highlight potential durability issues very early in the development phase, so they can be swiftly resolved.

Following the computer-based analysis, prototype vehicles and systems are subjected to testing on proving grounds and test-rigs to Ford’s ultra-stringent commercial vehicle durability standards, which are many times tougher than the equivalent passenger car standards.

The targets are based on real-world analysis of Transit customers to identify the worst-case usage, in a year-long exercise which involved intensive data logging of over 600 vehicles, in seven different markets worldwide, for over six million miles.

The punishing test regime involves at least 30 separate full-vehicle durability sign-off tests which areconducted at Ford’s proving ground facility in Lommel, Belgium, where the conditions range from a high-speed oval, through the toughest rough roads and cobble stones with bumps, potholes and kerbs, to corrosive salt- and mud-baths.

The most rigorous of all these tests is the “Trailer Tow General Durability” which condenses a 10-year vehicle life into an accelerated test that runs 24/7 for six months, towing a fully laden trailer for much of the test.  The events and drive routes in this test are correlated to the toughest worldwide conditions, so the vehicle is ready for any global market.

Other extreme tests which the Transit Custom has survived include:


Posted by on July 20, 2012.

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