Ford recently unveiled the allnew Fiesta Van and new connectivity technologies that will strengthen the company’s market leading position in the European commercial vehicle market, at the 2018 CV Show in Birmingham.
Joining the latest generation of Ford Transit commercial vehicles – including the new Transit Custom, Transit Connect and Transit Courier models – the Fiesta Van marks the company’s return to the urban hatchback van market.
The all-new Fiesta van and new Transit Connect are the first commercial vehicles in Europe to enhance productivity and convenience for businesses using new FordPass Connect on-board modem technology.
Further highlights included innovative solutions for urban transportation with a Transit Custom plug-in hybrid from the London fleet trial, and a digital service concept for more efficient last-mile delivery. Ford also revealed the distinctive new Ranger WildtrakX model.
Ford has been the top-selling commercial vehicle brand in Europe for the past three years, and has consolidated its leadership position so far in 2018, with 93,200 sold year to date through the end of March, marking the highest first quarter for Ford commercial vehicle sales since 1993.
Stylish, compact and economical – all-new Fiesta Van
Responding to strong demand, the Fiesta Van returns to the Ford commercial vehicle lineup later in 2018. Based on the latest multiaward- winning Fiesta passenger car, the all-new Fiesta Van provides a stylish, compact and economical vehicle for businesses of all sizes.
The new model is powered by a choice of highly fuel efficient powertrains, with two petrol engines and a 1.5-litre TDCi diesel engine in a choice of 85 PS and 120 PS outputs.
Connected CVs introduced with FordPass Connect
As part of the strategy to expand cellular-based connectivity across its product lineup, Ford announced its first European commercial vehicles to offer FordPass Connect on-board modem technology.
Launched on the new Transit Connect and all-new Fiesta Van, FordPass Connect enables business users to interact with their vehicles like never before, turning them into mobile Wi-Fi hotspots with connectivity for up to 10 Wi-Fi enabled devices, and helping drivers plan faster, less stressful journeys with Live Traffic updates for the SYNC 3 navigation system.
In addition, FordPass Connect allows a range of features via the FordPass mobile app to make the vehicle ownership experience easier and more productive.
Innovative solutions for urban goods transportation
The Ford CV Show highlighted the company’s innovative approach to urban goods transportation, pioneering new solutions to help tackle the challenges of inner city air quality and congestion.
On display was one of the plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV) Transit Custom vans currently participating in a 12-month fleet customer trial in London, which is exploring how the hybrid vans can contribute to cleaner air targets and enhanced productivity in city use.
The PHEV Transit – operated by Transport for London, which is supporting the fleet trial project – has an advanced hybrid system that targets a zero-emission range exceeding 50 kilometres (31 miles), and features the multi-award winning Ford EcoBoost 1.0-litre petrol engine as a range extender. The test vehicle features an advanced telematics system that is delivering real-time data on the van’s performance.