Ford Transit (2006 - )
Last updated 14 January 2014
Ford Transit is the UK's best selling van of 2013, with 44,143 registrations.
Backbone of Britain, best selling van for more than 40 years, a byword for light commercial vehicles. Call it what you like, the Ford Transit is the van by which all others are judged. Just when it looked like the competition was nipping at heels at the end of 2011, Ford pulled a blinder by launched the Euro 5-compliant model, which features a 2.2-litre turbodiesel in various power offerings that replaces all previous engine choices.
At a stroke, Ford put itself back at the head of the class and it also took the chance to address criticisms of in-cab noise. The Transit is now easily one of the most refined vans to drive and it also features a superb gear shift for its standard six-speed manual gearbox.
The rest of the Transit is much as it was when launched in 2006, which means rugged mechanical parts and strong reliability. There are also good deals to be had from Ford dealers.
All of this makes the Transit a very sound choice for any owner operator, but it gets better still when you know every Transit comes with ESP traction control as standard. Then there’s the choice of front, rear and four-wheel drive, short and long wheelbases, different body lengths, various roof heights and a number of off-the-shelf body configurations from Ford. If there isn’t a Transit that suits you business’ needs, the chances are you either don’t need a van or should be buying a much heavier vehicle.
Ford says: "Your choice of commercial vehicle affects the efficiency, productivity and profitability of your business. And making the right choice has never been as important." www.ford.co.uk