Ford Transit Door Testing [Video]
We have no official information from Ford right now, but rumor has it the new Transit will enter production in Europe in the late part of 2012.
Of course Ford isn’t actually an American automaker if you only look at the European market models. It’s more German than anything else, and the Saxon attitude to quality building has been translated to the van market as well.
To ensure that the doors on the van can survive for many years of hard work, a special robot has been put to good use testing them at ‘very extreme closing speeds’. The front doors have been tested 250,000 times, while the sliding rear ones have been slammed shut 150,000 times. This is done in a climate-controlled room that can generate anything from arctic chills to tropical heat.