Also making its debut was the all-new Transit 15-seater minibus, boasting a rake of safety and security improvements, including standard driver and outer front passenger airbags, three-point seatbelts for all seats and ABS brakes with electronic brake force distribution. The model is powered by Ford's 2.4-litre turbodiesel unit. It was first showing too for the new Torneo 8/9 seater model.
Ford director of commercial vehicles Peter Fleet told Fleet NewsNet: '2000 was a pretty eventful and fantastic year for us. We couldn't have hoped for a better reception for the new Transit both from the press and customers. We sold just under 50,000 Transits last year to take 34% of the medium CV market and 40% of the panel van sector. We kicked off 2001 with 36.4% of the medium CV market in the first few months of the year and our target by the end of the year is 40%.'