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Exclusive: Ford’s new bus is in Transit
Here comes the bus: Ford’s 12-seat Transit bus is put through its paces at Ford Australia’s proving ground.
12-seat Transit bus under test by Ford ahead of 2015 launch in Australia
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17 March 2015
THE passenger bus version of the new-generation Transit van has been spotted
under test at Ford Australia’s You Yangs proving ground near Geelong ahead of
its showroom rollout in Australia later this year.
The high-roof 12-seater – dubbed 410L – will complete the fifth-generation
Transit range that started with the one-tonne Transit Custom goods van range in
early 2014 and continued in September with the bigger, two-tonne VO Transit
‘heavy’ delivery van line-up that is known as Transit Cargo in Europe.
Ford Australia has already confirmed the planned arrival of the passenger
version in the second half of the year.
Powered by the same 114kW/385Nm 2.2-litre Duratorq TDCi four-cylinder
turbo-diesel engine as other Transits, the vehicle is expected to get a
six-speed manual gearbox. An automatic transmission is said to be in the
pipeline for all Transits.
As our pictures show, the test van was plastered in camouflage war-paint to
disguise the design, but there was no hiding the side windows that indicate the
passenger version with multiple rows of seats.
However, it is unclear if the van is being “Australianised” by the local team
or if it is the subject of another project for another branch of Ford.
Last year, a Chinese version of the Transit underwent testing at the Australia
The new bus will replace the old version that was discontinued last year, and
go head-to-head with European and Japanese rivals, as well as recent arrivals
from China from manufacturers such as LDV and Foton.
So far this year, Ford has sold 125 of its bigger Transit ‘heavy’ vans – up 62
per cent on the first two months of last year – and 104 one-tonne Transit
Customs, up 204 per cent.
For now, the Transit passenger bus is out of stock, and will remain so until
the arrival of the new model in the second half of the year.
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