The Ford Transit is one of the most successful van models in Europe and has been the best-selling van in the United Kingdom for more than 40 years. For those who don't know, if that's even possible, the Ford Transit is a range of Light Commercial Vehicles that have been produced since the mid 20th century to help the professional working man get on with his daily business.
Although the first generation was launched in 1965, the birth of the Transit harks back to the 1950s when Ford Cologne, in Germany, released the Taunus Transit. It had a 1.3-litre engine (extended to 1.5-litre in 1955) and was very similar to the Volkswagen Transporter. It was the success of this platform that inspired Ford to build on the foundations and create the success story we see on the roads every day.
We have no doubt the Ford Transit will continue to be one of the most, if not the most, popular vans in the world for many years to come. Perhaps the most interesting thing is that Ford have developed a jack-of-all-trades van and then decided to focus its talents around specific markets, which can be seen in the smaller Connect and passenger transporting Tourneo.
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