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Any News on New Transit Conversions


mike 202

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Just wondered if any of our experts with insider knowledge have any up front hints as to who may be using the new Ford transit as a base for PVC'c or coachbuilts.

My Windsor is now 4 yrs old and while enjoying the Spanish sunshine have been pondering our next motorhome/PVC.

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A photo of a new Transit Mk 8 shown at the currently-running Hannover commercial-vehicle show is on this webpage

 

http://www.transportengineer.org.uk/article/44898/All-new-Ford-Transit-gets-global-debut-at-Hannover-IAA-commercial-vehicle-show--.aspx

 

I would guess that motorhome manufacturers with Transit-based designs in their 2013 model-year ranges are likely to use the new Transit once it becomes available. As far as UK coachbuilt motorhomes are concerned that would mean just Auto-Trail's Tribute brand.

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pepe63 - 2012-09-19 7:35 PM

 

In this photo,it just looks like a VW T5/Mazda/Toyota(esque) people carrier... :-S

 

http://www.newfordtransit.com/index.htm

 

..unless that is just showing a "scaled down" minibus version ?... :-S

 

 

....that's the earlier-announced Transit Custom, a new, midi-sized van, somewhat different to the "all new Ford Transit".

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The vehicle in Pepe's link was announced first, and at the time I thought (and I think I posted) it didn't bode well for the future - rather reminded me of the ill-fated attempt to replace the Bedford CF with a little Japanese van, badge-engineered as "Bedford Midi."

However, the one in Derek's link looks much more like a "real" Transit. Far more hopeful as a motorhome base.

 

But - Oi, Eddie!!! What's this about a "practical Ford-based PVC at last?"

I've got one already!

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There now seem to be three separate 'Transit' ranges. The Transit "Custom" mentioned by pepe63; the 2014 Transit "Connect", details of which have just been released; and the big "Transit" on which motorhomes are most likely to be built.

 

"Custom" and "Connect" follow Ford's European car design look (Mondeo, Focus, Fiesta), while the big Transit has (to me) a more USA frontal appearance - hints perhaps of a Year-2000 Explorer pick-up.

 

The following links provide photos of the "Connect" and big Transit, and it's interesting (but not too surprising) that USA versions of the latter apparently will have 6- or 8-cylinder motors.

 

http://editorial.autos.msn.com/blogs/autosblogpost.aspx?post=c94e5af8-ba57-434f-8665-fc06950cdb94

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kIx7DjAqpNc&feature=fvwp&NR=1

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SR5_P0BOO5M

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Well,it *looks* interesting enough(..especially now I'm looking at the right one! :$ ).

..but what I always find disappointing when any new base vehicle is launched,is that although we have all the "talk" of differing engines,gearboxes,payloads etc ...and a "choice" of FWD,RWD..even 4x4 versions!..

...and yet all along WE know that the ones that'll end up getting used for MHs/PVCs will,by and large,be just fwd,relatively low payloads versions...

(..in other words,the versions with the best "value added" potential for the converter.... ;-) )

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