Ford once again dominates the entrance to the CV Show, with an even bigger stand (5E10) than in previous years. A heavily revised line-up features on the stand, including the new Ranger, Ranger Raptor and two-tonne Transit van. There are some changes to the Transit Custom, while also on show are the Transit Courier, Transit Connect and Fiestavan, which are still all only one year old.
A plug-in hybrid electric vehicle area is also included on the stand, which is now 33% bigger than last year. Plug-in and mild-hybrid versions of Ford’s commercial vehicle range will arrive in dealerships by November this year, along with Euro-6.2 compliant engines.
Along with the new Ranger pick-up truck, which will arrive in the UK in the early summer, Ford’s large Transit is the main attraction. The new 2-tonne Transit has a 50kg payload increase on front-wheel-drive models, and is capable of transporting an additional 80kg when in rear-wheel-drive configuration. It will also be made available with a new 10-speed automatic transmission to accompany the top-rated 185hp 2-litre Panther engine.
Also on display is a Ford Ranger, liveried in the colours of the RNLI. Ford is now the official supplier to the RNLI, supporting the organisation with products such as the Ranger in a three-year deal covering more than 450 vehicles.