Ford launches rival to Volkswagen California camper van

Published 17 October 2019

Ford is planning a head-on camper van battle with Volkswagen and Mercedes-Benz, with the launch of the Transit Custom Nugget. A direct rival for the California and Marco Polo, the Transit Custom Nugget is on sale now with prices starting from £56,273. 

The Ford Transit Custom Nugget has been developed in partnership with Westfalia and can sleep up to four people, with a double bed in the pop-up roof compartment and a second one in the living area. The camper provides space for up to five adults to socialise with a forward facing bench accommodating three, while the driver and front passenger seats swivel 180 degrees to face the rear.

Preparing food for guests should be simple, thanks to the van's L-shaped kitchenette at the rear. All versions of the Nugget are supplied with a double burner gas cooker and a 40-litre refrigerator. The van also has running water, via a 40 litre tank that supplies the taps that are attached to the chrome-nickel steel sink.

Standard equipment for the van includes privacy glass for the rear flip-open windows and a wood-effect floor. The Nugget also gets an auxiliary diesel-powered heater, while bike racks and an uprated sound system are available as optional extras.

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Onboard wifi will allow the van's occupants to connect up to 10 devices wirelessly with a maximum range of 15 metres. Ford says this will allow children to sit outside, while streaming a movie or TV show to their compatible tablet or smartphone. 

Music and DAB audio will be available on the move, with the van getting Ford's latest Sync 3 infotainment system, which includes touchscreen navigation and voice activation commands for hands free phone calls. 

The Transit Custom Nugget is powered by Ford’s 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel engine; the 130PS version costs from £56,273 while a more powerful 185PS variant is also available with a choice of manual and automatic transmission, priced from £57,229 and £58,199, respectively. 

The van is offered with a raft of driver assistance systems, which includes blind spot monitoring and adaptive cruise control. A semi-autonomous parking system that will automatically steer the Transit Custom Nugget into and out of parallel and perpendicular parking space is also available.

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Andrew Begum    on 15 January 2022

Ford is to launch a rival to the Volkswagen California, its new home-grown camper van of which only 1,000 will ever be made. The Ford Transit Custom California concept car has been unveiled in Amsterdam today at the company’s International Commercial Vehicle Show. Students like to get Aussie Essay service from Australia online. It will be built at Ford’s factory in Kocaeli province in Turkey and marketed across Europe ‘in limited numbers’ starting this autumn.

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