55 Years of Transit Reaches 3 Million Sales

Added: 29 April 2020

Since production began at Ford’s Langley Plant in 1965, 55 years ago, more than three million Transits have been sold in the UK.

Plans to mark this milestone at the Commercial Vehicle Show 2020 have understandably been put on hold. Instead, its own Transit fleet has been redeployed to assist the NHS and other organisations in the battle against the Coronavirus pandemic.

In addition to the Ford vehicles already operating within the emergency services, over 200 Ford of Britain demonstrator, pool and press vehicles have been deployed to 40 different organisations – including 10 NHS ambulance service trusts in support of their community-focused work.

Director of Commercial Vehicles at Ford of Britain said, “throughout this unprecedented crisis, the van economy has made an unrelenting and continued contribution to the well-being of this country.”

“As soon as we saw the huge rise in demand for vehicles to support everything from home deliveries to providing transport for care homes, we took action and pressed into urgent service every available Transit and other vehicle in our fleet.”

More than half of the fleets Ford is supporting represent NHS ambulance service trusts and other “blue light” services, accounting for 38 Transits, 12 Transit Connects, eight Transit Customs, three Transit Couriers and two Ranger pick-ups.

Around a quarter of the vehicles are on loan to food retailers, with others supporting other delivery services – all coping with higher than normal demand.

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