New Ford Fiesta Van rolls in

The new Ford Fiesta Van, on sale now, adds new safety features such as Mykey and Sync with Emergency Assistance to boost the appeal of the what was already the UK's best-selling small car-derived van. The 99g/km-or-better diesel line-up is also strengthened by the arrival of the new 75PS 1.5-litre Duratorq TDCi.

The big news for the tidied-up Fiesta Van range is that all diesel models better 100g/km emmissions, and 76.4mpg (combined government figures). while the Econetic does considerably better to achieve 87g/km and 85.6mpg. The arrival of the new Dagenham-built 75PS 1.5-litre Duratorq TDCi increases the engine options to three - it joins the 95PS 1.6-litre TDCi and Brigend-built 82PS 1.25-litre petrol.

The Fiesta Van Econetic is the star of the range for those looking for the ultimate economy, though. It comes with standard Auto-Start-Stop, lowered suspension, aerodynamic rear under-tray and wheel trims, and low rolling resistance tyres.

Ford Mykey allows businesses to encourage safer driving and limit the driver’s exposure to risk at the wheel as well as providing fleets with ownership information, and is a first in the market. Ford Sync with Emergency Assistance is also new to the small CDV sector - it connects the driver to emergency services in the event of an accident - is combined with Active City Stop, an active collision avoidance system, to make this a particularly safe van. Other new features are Hill Start Assist, Easy Fuel and Rear View Camera.

Other changes are introduced to mirror those made to the passenger car range. That means revised front-end styling, including laser-cut headlamps incorporating LED technology, and a 'power-dome' bonnet. And for the first time on the van version, the option of 17-inch alloy wheels.

The Fiesta Van's vital statistics are - a 1.0 cubic metre load space, load length of 1.3m, and gross payload of 485-508kg, depending on model. It's on sale now.

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