Ford’s
Transit range, introduced last year, has been voted ‘International Van of the
Year 2001’ by a jury of commercial vehicle editors.

The Transit, which Ford claims is Europe’s top-selling van range, scored 112
points out of a maximum of 133 points that can be given to a single vehicle
in the voting.

First introduced in 1965, the Transit celebrated its 35th anniversary and production
of 4 million units during 2000.

The latest generation offers both front-drive and rear-drive configurations.
In addition to traditional rear-drive, two-tonne applications, it can be configured
as a low-floor, front-drive, one-tonne vehicle allowing it to meet the needs
of two distinct segments of the medium commercial van market. The two models
share over 95% of their components.

The trophy for the International Van of the Year will be presented to Ford
of Europe at the opening of the Brussels Commercial Vehicle Show on January
12, 2001.