As promised, here are some more photos of the brand new Ford Transit Taxi, unveiled yesterday in Manchester 's Event City at the Private Hire and Taxi show. The model on display is the manual version £29k, it is a prototype. An auto version will also be available soon.
Low running costs start with the class-leading fuel economy, delivered by Ford's latest global 2.2-litre Duratorq TDCi diesel engine which achieves combined fuel consumption of 6.6 l/100 km (42.8 mpg) and 174 g/km CO2 emissions - a reduction of up to 8 percent on the equivalent current Transit.
To help reduce real-world fuel consumption, the Ford Transit Custom offers Auto-Start-Stop on Stage V vehicles, which can cut fuel costs by up to 10 percent in urban driving.
The two extra seats in the front compartment can be removed.
Customers can also specify Acceleration Control, an innovative new option which limits the acceleration of the vehicle when it is unladen or part-laden. Field tests have shown reductions in real world fuel consumption of up to 15 percent, depending on the typical driving style; as well as reduced wear on brakes, tyres and other items.
Lower maintenance and repair costs
The Ford Transit Custom has been engineered to minimise the costs required for both routine and non-routine servicing, through smart design and optimising the requirement for regular maintenance.
With the longest service intervals in the class - two years /50,000 km/30,000 miles - the Ford Transit Custom is designed to spend as little time as possible off the road.
Under-bonnet access has been improved through the adoption of a new twin-motor wiper mechanism - which also enhances pedestrian protection - allowing service labour times to be reduced on the new model.
The engine design has been optimised to reduce the need for early maintenance, and to enable the power unit to use more affordable mineral lubricating oil. The oil is monitored for extreme usage and condition, and if it requires replacing before the service interval is due, a light on the instrument panel is illuminated.
Photos, with thanks to our field reporter Les Reid.
We have been tipped the wink that the turning circle requirement is soon to be removed from the conditions of fitness. This will open the doors to a whole range of cheaper, cleaner vehicles and will put huge pressure on current manufacturers.