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Friday, January 25, 2013

New Ford Fiesta Van (EU)

New Ford Fiesta Van (EU)

Combines class-leading fuel economy with sharp looks and smart technologies

The new Ford Fiesta Van, an agile and stylish car-derived van for large and small businesses, will deliver class-leading fuel efficiency and segment-first technologies when it launches in 2013.

All diesel engines in the new Fiesta Van achieve sub-100g/km CO2 emissions and 76.4mpg* or better. The Fiesta ECOnetic Van features enhanced fuel-saving technologies to deliver best-in-class 87g/km and 85.6mpg, a feat that no other manufacturer in the class matches.

“The new Fiesta Van is a stylish mobile workshop for light duty tools and equipment that makes great business sense,” said Mark Easton, Ford Britain light commercial vehicle product manager. “Both local tradesmen and urban delivery fleets will appreciate its sharp, professional looks, while relying on its versatility, dependability and exceptionally low running costs.”

With its practical 1.0 cubic metre load space, the Ford Fiesta Van offers businesses an adaptable van with classic Fiesta driver appeal. The load compartment features a secure steel bulkhead and four cargo tie-down hooks, both developed in accordance with the international DIN standard for load restraints, plus a tough rubber floor mat and durable sidewall trim. The van’s load length of 1.3 metres and gross payload ranging from 485-508kg means space for bulkier items.

The Fiesta Van powertrain choice includes the new 75PS 1.5-litre Duratorq TDCi and 95PS 1.6-litre Duratorq TDCi engines – both built in Dagenham – and the 82PS 1.25-litre Duratec petrol units, assembled at Bridgend. The ultra-efficient Fiesta Van ECOnetic offers the specially developed 95PS 1.6-litre Duratorq TDCi powertrain with standard Auto-Start-Stop, lowered suspension, aerodynamic rear under-tray and wheel trims, and low rolling resistance tyres.

The new Fiesta Van’s package of leading Ford driver assistance and safety features includes a number of important segment-first technologies. Ford MyKey allows businesses to encourage safer driving and limit the driver’s exposure to risk at the wheel as well as providing fleets with ownership information. Following on from the new Ford Transit Custom, Fiesta Van also offers the in-car connectivity system, Ford SYNC.

Ford SYNC with Emergency Assistance directly connects the vehicle occupants to local emergency services operators after an accident, in the correct language for the relevant country. Also introduced to new Fiesta is class-first technology Active City Stop, a system designed to help drivers avoid low speed collisions. It is offered alongside other convenience features such as Hill Start Assist, Easy Fuel and Rear View Camera.

The dynamic new version of the Fiesta Van features a sharper design inspired by the latest Ford global design language and concept vehicles, including laser-cut headlamps incorporating LED technology, power-dome bonnet and, for the first time, the option of 17-inch alloy wheels. Ford ergonomics and interior design experts have reconfigured the Fiesta interior with relocated switch-gear, a new centre-console with arm-rest and new materials, interfaces and displays.

Ford Press