New Transit to brighten short winter days

The new Ford Transit – which goes on sale in Europe from mid-2019 – will help boost productivity for operators on short winter days, thanks to a powerful LED downlighter to illuminate a workspace behind the vehicle.

A new energy-efficient downlighter, housed in a unit on the rear of the new Transit’s roof, is designed to allow tradespeople to continue working with tools and equipment on a workbench outdoors after the sun has gone down.

Activated using a switch conveniently located inside the rear door, the downlighter switches off automatically if the battery charge is getting low, and automatically extinguishes if the driver pulls away without turning it off.

Michael McDonagh, Transit global chief programme engineer said: “Our new Transit has been designed to maximise productivity for businesses, and we listened carefully to feedback from operators about the ways we could make their lives easier. The new downlighter is an example of a simple idea that helps hard-working tradespeople get the job done for their customers.”

Alongside the new Transit’s LED downlighter is a rear-view camera that improves visibility when reversing. Further new Transit technologies designed to make life less stressful when manoeuvring and parking include a front wide-view camera, Parking Aid, Active Park Assist featuring Park-Out Assist, and Cross Traffic Alert.

The new Transit provides increased load-carrying capability and upgraded powertrains that optimise fuel efficiency by up to seven per cent, and offers a segment-first new diesel mild hybrid (mHEV) powertrain option that delivers an additional fuel efficiency improvement of around three per cent, compared with the standard diesel model, with up to eight per cent in stop-start traffic.

The official homologated fuel-efficiency and CO2 emission figures will be published by Ford closer to the sale date.

The new Transit also features FordPass Connect on-board modem technology, which will help fleet professionals to improve vehicle utilisation and optimise running costs.