CV show: Ford unveils new Courier to complete Transit range
12 April 2013
Author: James Dallas
The Courier completes the Ford Transit line-up
Ford commanded the spotlight at the Commercial Vehicle Show this week with the unveiling of its compact Transit Courier, which enabled it to display its full new line-up of LCVs for the first time.
The Courier was joined on the Blue Oval stand at Birmingham's NEC by production versions of the Transit Connect and two-tonne Transit, which go on sale late this year and early 2014 respectively, as well as the Transit Custom, which it revealed in 2012 but which also appeared in high-roof guise (giving it a load volume of 8.3m3) for the first time this year as well as in Econetic and Sport Van modes.
The Courier, the new baby in the family, arrives in showrooms in 2014. The powertrains on offer will be two diesels - a 75hp 1.5 and a 90hp 1.6 - and Ford's 1.0-litre petrol Ecoboost engine.
It has a payload capacity of 660kg and a load volume of 2.3m3 and features overhead and under-seat stowage as well as the Ford Sync communication package and a rear view reversing camera as standard.
The Courier gives Ford a model to compete in the compact van sector against the Peugeot Bipper, Citroen Nemo and Fiat Fiorino. Visitors to the Ford stand were also able to run the rule over the new 1.5-litre, 87g/km Fiesta Van as well as the Ranger pick-up, which Ford first showcased at the NEC event in 2011.
Phil Hollins, Ford of Britain's new fleet director, pointed out that the Transit is the brand's third biggest-selling model line after the Fiesta and Focus passenger cars.
Ford aims to sell 400,000 Transit-badged vans a year in Europe by 2016 - an increase of 66% on 2012.