Van operators stand to benefit from exceptional fuel economy, load-carrying ability, safety and durability of Ford's new Transit Connect. Now available in South Africa from Fury Ford Sandton, this panel van comes with an esteemed reputation: the 2014 International Van of the Year in Europe.
Although the compact C-segment panel van sector claims a relatively small share of the South African market currently, based on the success of the formula internationally it is expected to become a much bigger player in the future as buyers demand car-like levels of comfort, safety and luxury features, yet with great manoeuvrability and the ability to carry people and goods with ease.
Fury Ford's new Transit Connect offers exceptional fuel economy, load carrying ability and durability, making it the perfect choice for large fleet operators, businesses of all sizes and entrepreneurs. The Transit Connect was awarded the International Van of the Year for 2014, so is a true trend-setter in this highly competitive market.
"The Transit Connect sets new standards for compact vans and is the ideal partner for a wide range of businesses," Delate states. "Ford has taken the proven toughness and dependability of the Transit range and packaged it in a stylish yet compact, highly versatile and agile vehicle that offers smart load space options, advanced technologies and an impressive array of safety and convenience features.
"We've combined practicality and low cost of ownership with car-like levels of comfort and specification to create a highly manoeuvrable, robust and flexible vehicle with genuine ability that has appealing looks, great features and excellent value."
The primary target market for this compact commercial van includes trade customers, ranging from courier companies and those specialising in deliveries, to traditional tradesmen such as plumbers and electricians. It is also perfect for retailers and businesses in the food, hospitality and related industries.
Available in long-wheelbase panel van configuration and Ambiente trim, the Transit Connect offers a spacious and practical load area with a total volume of 3 222 litres. It is capable of carrying a 1 004 kg payload, and has a maximum towing capacity of 1 200 kg - thereby making it one of the most capable and versatile commercial vehicles in its segment.
A single powertrain is offered, comprising the efficient and economical 1.6 TDCi engine. This punchy turbodiesel engine boasts 85kW of power linked to an impressive 285Nm of torque, giving it exceptional load-lugging ability for its working roles. Power is delivered to the front wheels via a six-speed manual transmission. With a combined cycle fuel consumption of 4.9l/100km* and a CO2 emissions rating of 130g/km*, the Transit Connect provides extremely low running costs and total cost of ownership.
The new Transit Connect has been subjected to Ford's ultra-stringent commercial vehicle testing and durability standards. It covered the equivalent of 5-million kilometers in arduous testing, including at least 400 000km in tough real-world fleet conditions with Transit Connect users.
The Transit Connect comes standard with 60 000km service plans (four-year for the diesel and three-year for the petrols), a four-year/120 000km comprehensive warranty, five-year/unlimited km corrosion warranty and three-year/unlimited km roadside assistance. Service intervals are 20 000 km on the EcoBoost petrol models and 15 000 km on the TDCi diesel derivatives.
Interested in the Transit Connect for business or personal use? Come down to Fury Ford Sandton and let’s hook you up!