Ford Launches Transit ECOnetic in Australia
The new vehicle will introduce ultra-low fuel consumption and CO2 emissions to the commercial van market, as it will deliver a fuel economy of 7.2 liters per 100 km (32.6 mpg) and only emit 189 grams of CO2/km.
The Transit ECOnetic Van will be powered by a 2.2 liter Duratorq diesel engine, mated to a six speed manual transmission. The fuel efficiency improvements have been achieved without compromising the engine’s output, with the unit delivering the same 115 hp (at 3,500 rpm) and maximum torque of 300 Nm (from 1,800-2,000 rpm) as it does when installed on a standard Transit van.
The van, which will only be available as a short wheelbase version, will offer a cargo capacity of 6.55 m3 and a payload of 1172 kg.
The vehicle manages to offer the aforementioned eco performance by using a series of enhancements, including low rolling resistance tires (215/75 R16C), aerodynamic wheel covers, low friction oil, a recalibrated 2.2 liter Duratorq engine and a green shift indicator.
The van will also feature ECO badging on the right rear door and will have a limited top speed of 110 km/h (68 mph). The vehicle will have a price of AU$36,490 ($31,092).
"We have been looking for opportunities to extend our ECOnetic range of vehicles since we introduced the Fiesta ECOnetic in late 2009," said Ford Australia Marketing, Sales & Service Vice President Beth Donovan. "Offering low fuel economy and emissions to commercial van customers, through a range of ECOnetic technologies, was the logical next step to build upon the extremely successful launch of the Fiesta ECOnetic."