The Ford Transit Custom commercial vehicle was Britain’s No.2 top-selling vehicle among all vehicles sold in October, only outsold by the country’s best-selling car, the Ford Fiesta. The Transit Custom range powered Ford’s share of the commercial vehicle market to 33.2 percent, up nearly two percentage points from October last year, and more than double the market share of the nearest rival. Transit Custom (including the Tourneo Custom people carrier) is now the No.3 top-selling vehicle range in Britain for the year to date.
Production has now begun of an all-new, fuel-efficient petrol engine at the Bridgend Engine Plant in South Wales. The three-cylinder, 1.5-litre EcoBoost engine, which debuts in the Fiesta ST and all-new Focus, is built on an all-new flexible manufacturing facility following of an investment of £100 million, including support from the Welsh Government support.
Ford will enhance the Mondeo hybrid petrol-electric vehicle range, including the introduction of the first Mondeo hybrid estate from 2019. The new Mondeo hybrid estate will enable customers who require greater load-carrying capability to benefit from the efficiency and refinement of an electric powertrain, while maintaining the driving range and freedom offered by a traditional combustion engine.
The Ford S-MAX and Galaxy are now offered for the first time with the company’s 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel engine featuring power outputs from 118 bhp to 237 bhp; and with an advanced new eight-speed automatic transmission controlled using a Rotary Gear Shift Dial.
Ford has confirmed that the new Ranger Raptor – described as the toughest and most high-performing version of Europe’s best-selling pick-up – is coming to Europe, as the new model debuted at the Gamescom trade fair, in Cologne, Germany.
Owners of Ford’s high-performance diesel, the Focus ST diesel, can now unlock even more performance with the launch of mountune’s m460D power upgrade kit. The m460D kit includes an OBDII flashing cable, dongle, performance calibration and a mountune badge. With a focus on real-world performance, mountune’s calibration is claimed to reduce the 0-60mph time by 0.7 seconds and cut the 31-62mph time by 0.5 second
Volkswagen AG and Ford Motor Company have signed a Memorandum of Understanding and are exploring a strategic alliance designed to “strengthen each company’s competitiveness and better serve customers globally.”
Ford is already investigating how plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) can operate in London, and has now announced it will also begin testing of similar vehicles in Valencia in Spain. The collaboration between Ford Smart Mobility, the regional government of Valencia and the Valencia City leadership, is designed to see how Transit Custom PHEV fleets could contribute to cleaner air targets and enhanced productivity.
Ford has unveiled an all-new Focus, which is now on sale for September delivery. The company says all main models will offer enhanced specification while being priced more competitively or at carry-over levels. The new Focus range will comprise seven variants from launch. Starting with Style, the range progresses through Zetec, ST-Line, ST-Line X, Titanium, Titanium X and Vignale.
The top-selling Ford Fiesta adds a rugged new look to its line-up with the addition of the Fiesta Active crossover range for summer. Comprising three variants – Active 1, Active B&O PLAY and Active X – Fiesta Active joins Ford KA+ Active in offering buyers a lifestyle crossover with increased ride height, rugged exterior and advanced technologies.