Ford Introducing Transit Skeletal Chassis Cab in Europe
Ford is launching a new Transit skeletal chassis cab that should help the automaker increase its dominance in Europe’s light commercial vehicle market.
The Transit skeletal chassis cab will offer a low-height platform capable of supporting multiple conversion options. It will also be 441 pounds lighter than the conventional Transit chassis cab, helping fleet operators drive down the cost of ownership with lower fuel costs.
“Ford’s Transit is already legendary for its huge range of body styles, driveline, and size variants, and this new model takes our offering a significant step further,” said Hans Schep, general manager, Commercial Vehicles, Ford of Europe. “The new Transit skeletal chassis opens up exciting new opportunities for grocery delivery vehicles and other low-floor body conversions where ease of access is paramount.”
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Based on the front-wheel drive Transit platform, the skeletal chassis cab will be offered in three different wheelbases, with an available wide-track rear axle, and with two variations of the 2.0-liter EcoBlue diesel engine. Both EcoBlue engines are mated to a six-speed manual and available with a six-speed automatic for improved fuel efficiency and performance. All variations of the Ford Transit skeletal chassis cab have a gross vehicle weight rating of 3.5 tons.
Ford has remained Europe’s van leader through the first half of 2018 and is poised to finish the year with an even stronger grip on the throne. Through June, Transit sales total 52,100 in Ford’s traditional 20 European markets, up 13 percent from the pace set in the first half of 2017.