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Mini-launches for Ford

Ford may not have launched a major new model at the show, but there was certainly no shortage of mini-launches as the UK’s number one van manufacturer unleashed a variety of fresh derivatives.

‘Sporty’ was the name of the game as a new transit Sportvan, Connect Sportvan and a ranger with a new colour and sports striping took centre stage.

The Connect Sportvan was seen as a concept at last year’s show and will now go on sale in the autumn.

It features a blue body with white stripes, alloy wheels and a 1.8-litre tDCi diesel engine with 110bhp on tap.

The top-of-the-range ranger Wildtrak also gets a new colour, performance blue, along with white stripes.

It will go on sale priced at £20,900.

There is also a new colour for the transit Sportvan – panther black with silver stripes.

This model goes on sale at £19,800.

Ford also announced that it was simplifying the staggering range of Ford transits on offer into a new customerfriendly package.

There will be basic transit models, the transit trend aimed at owner-operators, the transit Limited, which features higher levels of equipment and the transit Sport.

On top of this, a range of option packs allow buyers to get exactly the van they want.

Identification badges have been introduced to show the model series and these are placed on the rear of the vehicle.

The power output and gross vehicle mass of the models is still identified with the use of black and red text denoting petrol or diesel-powered versions respectively.

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