All-New Ford Fiesta Van revealed at Hanover Show

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The all-new Ford Fiesta van has made its public debut at the 2008 IAA Commercial Vehicle Show in Hanover, bringing practicality, style and fun to the light commercial vehicle segment.

Based on the all-new Ford Fiesta hatchback which is about to go on sale in Britain, Fiesta van is designed to meet the needs of professional and personal use customers and will be available in the UK in Spring 2009.

“A commercial vehicle is not just a tool that has to deliver goods in a reliable and cost-efficient way – it’s also a business card,” said Steve Kimber, Ford of Britain’s Commercial Vehicles Director. “The all-new Fiesta van shares many of its key qualities with the car on which it is based. From its driving quality to the latest technologies, this is a practical van for today’s image-conscious business world.”

The sturdy yet lightweight three-door body shell is a solid foundation for a safe and agile driving experience, high levels of durability, low fuel consumption and emissions, and good payload capacity.

These attributes make it the ideal choice for urban express delivery, service fleets and artisans thanks to its van practicality and car-like styling.

The rear side windows are replaced by body coloured solid panels, and the rear passenger seats are removed to provide space for a clean and step-less load box area. Preliminary technical data shows that the load box volume is targeted to exceed 1,000 litres, with a maximum useable load length of round 1,300mm, as well as a maximum load box width of 1,278mm (1,004mm between the wheel arches) and a height of up to 936mm. Final measurements will be confirmed closer to launch. A half-high bulkhead and solid DIN-compliant tie-down hooks are standard.

Low Cost of Ownership

The new Fiesta van is available with a choice of engines: 1.25-litre 82PS Duratec 16V petrol unit, a frugal 1.4-litre 68PS Duratorq TDCi turbo diesel, and a top-of the-range 1.6-litre 90PS Duratorq TDCi turbo diesel with standard closed-loop coated DPF (Diesel Particulate Filter).

The fuel economy figures of the Fiesta van are targeted to match those of the Fiesta three-door passenger car. With a combined fuel consumption of just 4.2 l/100 km (67.3 mpg)* and average CO2 emissions of just 110g/km on the diesel engines.

Safe and Enjoyable

Using the three-door all-new Fiesta passenger car as the basis for the Fiesta van means that commercial customers can benefit from a wide range of technologies and features designed to ensure a safe and enjoyable working environment for their drivers.

The balanced chassis setup with MacPherson struts in the front and a rear twist-beam suspension is designed for a safe and controllable ride under all loading conditions. The new EPAS (Electric Power Assisted Steering) system delivers high levels of steering accuracy and contributes to lower fuel consumption thanks to the absence of a hydraulic device that would increase inertia and raise fuel consumption.

The safe and agile chassis setup is complemented by standard active safety features like ABS anti-lock brakes including Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD). ESP is available as an option with all engines and includes Emergency Brake Assist (EBA). The passive safety feature list includes standard front airbags.

All-new Fiesta van is equipped with the acclaimed Ford EasyFuel capless refuelling system which is clean and easy to use and also has a mis-fuel inhibitor that prevents the wrong fuel filler nozzle being inserted. This feature is a major benefit to commercial customers, particularly for mixed fleets and vehicles that are used by multiple drivers.

In addition, a wide range of options and accessories is available to make the Fiesta van a tailored professional tool. Options include various audio systems such as Bluetooth® wireless mobile phone interface. Different levels of security systems can be specified, including remote controlled double-locking and a perimeter alarm.

New TDCi Transit Engine

For all front-wheel-drive (FWD) Transits, a new 2.2-litre Duratorq TDCi engine with a maximum power output of 115PS and standard six-speed manual transmission is now available, succeeding the previous 110PS/five-speed combination. The new 115PS engine reaches its peak power at 3,500 rpm, and delivers maximum torque of 300Nm at 1,800-2,000rpm – an improvement of 15Nm over its predecessor.

The transmission fitted as standard with the new engine is the well-proven Ford Durashift six-speed manual (VMT-6), a compact three-shaft design. This transmission offers a wider range of available gear ratios, allowing greater potential for optimisation of fuel economy, while the power and torque upgrade offer rewarding performance on demand.
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The ‘shorter’ gearing in first gear allows for improved pull away performance and increased towing capacity (up to 5,500kg GTM), while the ‘longer’ gearing in top gear provides improved highway fuel economy of around five per cent with reduced engine revs for a given vehicle speed, further reducing cab noise for more relaxed motorway cruising.

As an additional aid to drivers on this and all Transit TDCi models, a shift indicator lamp is now integrated in the tachometer and shows the optimum time for gear changes to deliver best fuel economy, reduced engine wear and smooth driving.

DPF Availability

As a further contribution to a cleaner environment, from October 2008 all TDCi versions of the Transit can be ordered with a closed-loop coated Diesel Particulate Filter (cDPF).

Thanks to the special coating on these cDPFs, the filter devices are targeted to be completely maintenance-free during normal operating conditions, while the closed-loop design and link to the engine management system provide a very high filter efficiency of around 95 per cent.

The offering of cDPFs for all Transit TDCi diesels builds on the cDPF availability for all Transit Connect and Tourneo Connect vehicles with 90PS and 110PS diesels that was introduced in February 2008.

Source: Ford (press release/media site)