Van sales in August bounce back

Van sales in August bounce back

Figures released by the SMMT (The society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders) have shown that van registrations have increased by almost 23% in August. Van sales took a slight dip in July due to the financial and economic climate, but for many Augusts rise shows a healthy increase.

The chief executive of the SMTT commented on the current commercial vehicle sales market remarking, “With the commercial vehicle market up by over 20% for the year to date, the industry is optimistic, but short to medium term economic uncertainty is likely to temper the rate of future growth.” Continue reading

Commercial vehicle registrations increase again!

Commercial vehicle registrations increased again this month bringing a ray of light to many car and van dealers around the UK. Figures show that the demand for new commercial vehicles increased by 1.5% in June of this year, the comparison was drawn from figures relating to the same period from last year throughout the European Union.

Small and light commercial vehicles that weigh up to 3.5 tonnes saw total unit sales of 1,001,579 with an increase in all European countries except for Spain. With so many great vans and trucks on sale there is no better time to visit your local Ford Transit dealer and check out their full range of Ford Vans for Sale

Bands in Ford Transits

Transit vans are by far the most popular commercial vehicle in the UK, not only are used Ford vans used by tradesmen such as builders and couriers but musicians too. Since its introduction in 1965 musicians and individuals involved within the music industry have been making full use of the Ford Transit Van’s power, versatility and performance. Nowadays, it is still a common sight to see a group of people unloading or loading a Ford Commercial van with musical equipment such as public address systems, amplifiers and guitars outside a pub or nightclub.

It’s no wonder that the vehicle that has become the backbone to the transportation of the entertainment industry has taken a step forward and had its role further brought into the spotlight. ‘Bands in Transit’ is a wonderful website that gives both upcoming and established musicians the opportunity to perform their tracks in the back of a Ford Transit. The commercial van sessions are recorded and streamed live via the ‘Bands in Transit’ website and then uploaded to YouTube for future viewing.

Most recently musicians and groups have been performing their songs in the back of the specially equipped van at ‘The Great Escape’ festival in Brighton.

A guide to the Ford Transit Connect

Ford Transit Connect

Ford Transit Connect

When it comes to commercial vans you will of course know that the Ford Transit is the world’s best selling and most popular model on the market. For those seeking a smaller yet just as reliable alternative, Ford developed the Ford Transit Connect, which has become a very popular choice for many companies and individuals.

The compact panel van has been in service since 2002 and since then has seen a growing increase in sales. It has won several awards and even won the truck of the year award in Northern American within its first year on the market.

The Ford Transit Connect was revamped last year and is now available as both short and long wheel base. For those that haven’t driven or tried out one of these fabulous vans one of the first things that you will notice is the sheer amount of shoulder and headroom available in the cab to both driver and passenger, making each journey as comfortable as possible. Storage space within the cab is also very good with not only internal shelves above the windscreen but also a large pocket for accessories and tools on the dashboard. With electric windows, electric/heated mirrors and windscreens you certainly get a great deal for the price tag.

The newest version of the Transit Connect is Bluetooth enabled and its CD /Radio controls are attached to the steering wheel for ease of use and safety. One thing to note is that there are plenty of extras you can order to go with your van such as manual air conditioning and passenger airbag, giving you endless options to explore.

So why not head to your local Ford Commercial dealers and take a test drive, we are sure you will be pleasantly surprised not only by its performance but its price!

The New Ford Ranger Wildtrak

The Ford Ranger Wildtrak was unveiled last month to the European consumer motor market at the annual Geneva Motor Show last month and has been hailed as having ‘21st century muscle and toughness’.

The Ranger model is already the flagship 4×4 from the Ford Motor group and the new improved ‘Wildtrak’ version features many improved features under the bonnet and around the interior/exterior. The engine incorporates a 2.2 litre turbo diesel four cylinder system that certainly gives it the punch that is needed to push its performance specs above of any other vehicles in its category. The Ranger Wildtrak also performs incredibly well when it comes to towing and payload carrying. Announced as being able to pull 7,730 pounds adequately and having a payload capacity of 2,930, it certainly is the vehicle for those in need of a heavyweight work vehicle.

The styling of the Wildtrak is also a major feature of its remodelling, on the outside the first thing you will notice will be its 18 inch alloy wheels, chrome roof rails and side steps. Inside the cab is just as alluring; the Wildtraks dashboard combines the Ranger’s already proven and trusted interior design with some added extras. Dashboard instruments include a display that shows the current off-road angles and even has extra options to include Bluetooth media streaming and ipod/iphone connectivity.

To take a look at the Ranger Wildtrak for yourself, head down to your local Ford Commercial dealer who will give you all of the advice and knowledge you will need when seeking a new 4×4 vehicle for work or play.

The AA trust in the Ford Transit Van

When we encounter problems with our cars or vans we immediately rely on the expertise and knowledge of a breakdown and recovery company. The most popular breakdown company, the AA (Automobile Association), have been rescuing stranded drivers and passengers since 1905.

The company already has 3000 vehicles within its fleet, ranging from motorcycles through to large recovery vehicles, which service the country. When it comes to investing in more commercial vehicles, the company has chosen to purchase vans from the Ford Motor Company. An order of a whopping 500 vehicles has been given to Ford, most of them the Ford Transit model. Fifty of the new Ford Commercial vehicles will be used by the AA’s windscreen repair department which already uses 100% Ford Models. The remaining 450 vehicles will be added to the frontline of the breakdown company’s fleet and will be expected to be on the road, with a flashy new yellow finish, by the end of the year.

Ford’s relationship has been close with the AA since 2011 when they purchased 247 vehicles. This really does go to show that when seeking reliability and value for money that the Ford brand is by far the highest recommended.

The Transit is the most popular van on the market and has retained that title for the past 40 years. Judging by this latest show of support it will continue to prosper for many years to come.

The Sales Manager of Ford UK, Paul Henderson, commented “Ford and the AA have enjoyed a long and mutually beneficial relationship which is further strengthened by this new, large order of Ford Transits. We look forward to working with the AA to help maintain its status as the UK’s largest roadside assistance organisation.”

New Ford Commercial Revamp in the Pipeline

Ford have just announced that within the next three years it will be making many new changes and revamps to its current range of Ford commercial vehicles. The UK Managing Director of Ford Motors has just released news that over the next three years Ford will be making what is thought to be the company’s biggest ever investment in its commercial van division so far.

Judging by the announcement we should be seeing, within the next three years, newly designed and revamped versions of the already popular Transit van and Ford Transit Connect models. Both of these will be joining the upcoming new Ranger Wildtrak 4×4 which will be released in the near future. Even though the Transit van as a whole will be receiving an overhaul both in looks and performance, it has been mentioned that the current model will be also be getting upgraded in the near future. This is due to the demand from current users and the impact upon them regarding CO2 emission regulations that have been introduced recently such as the LEZ (London Emission Zone).

The Econetic version of the Transit van will see a new long wheel base version which, Ford claims, will save owners in excess of £16,000 over 80,000 miles of usage.

The Ford Transit Connect will also be seeing advancements in its modelling within the next three years, it is speculated that an Econetic version will be released to bring the vehicles CO2 emissions further down in accordance with the Euro5 rules and regulations that will be coming into effect at the end of the year.